Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tales from the top shelf: Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

Label Stuff:  Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey uses soft winter wheat in its recipe to deliver a smooth, sweet taste.  This one-of-a-kind whiskey is hand crafted according to the traditions that our Master Distillers have been practicing for seven generations.

How is it different from bourbon?  Bourbon has to be at least 50% corn.  Wheat whiskey is at least 50% wheat.

How does it taste?  It's 90 proof, so it's quite warming.  It's not as sweet as bourbon.  They describe it as smooth and sweet and it really isn't either when served neat.  A splash or so of water mellows out the alcohol and reveals a very nice flavor.  It's a whiskey for whiskey drinkers.

Cost:  $39.99 Found it in Maryland last winter.
Grade: B+
Cost Adjusted Grade: B

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