Heaven Hill Tasting Notes

Posted: August 17, 2011 in American Whiskies, Wheat

Burnheim Original Small Batch Wheat Whiskey 45%

Tasted: Aug 2010

A rich, sweet and smoky nose with that cotton candy/ candy floss wheat character, some chocolate orange and sweet coconut. Big, bold vanillins leading into burnt caramel. The rye grains add a late nip.

On the palate the oak sets out it’s stall with a definite toasty character along with candy floss and grippy rye building to a mouth watering mentholated finish with a pretty almost coastal finish,. Pleasant but lacks the complexity of say William Weller.

Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey 45%

Tasted: Mar 2012

Plenty of high toned grainy wheat with hints of burnt toffee’d corn. Big and weighty, this is a real slab of a nose, which is as far removed from subtly as it gets! Plus there’s no shortage of sweet oak vanillins.

The palate is soft and supple, opening with the burnt toffee’d corn and gentle (ish) spices. Again quite wheaty with just a hint of rye to balance. Dries towards the finish as the oak begins to bitter but some oild try to counter. Long with the rye now showing through adding crispness and making the finish feel a touch austere.

Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey 45%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2013

Nose: A big, sweet, syrupy corn nose with lots of oiled banana and a touch of burnt caramel.

Palate: A touch flabby and sweet, but with a pleasant depth of slightly burnt toffee corn, earth and light spices.

Finish: Good length, quite soft.

Conclusion: Soft, easy going, but a bit too heavy on the burnt toffee’d notes.

Bernheim Original Wheat Whisky 45%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2016

The nose is lightly balsamic and oily with a touch of dark wheat flakes, toasty oak and toasted caramel corn underneath. With time some sweeter corn notes and sweet vanilla emerge.

The palate is a little crisper and drier with wheat flakes, toasty oak and hints of oily corn. Plenty of sweet oak comes through on the middle with moist fruit and hints of violets. Long and returning crisp with a slight green nut saltiness and lingering vanilla.

Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey 7 year old 45%

51% Winter Wheat, 39% corn, 10% Malted Barley

Re- Tasted: Aug 2017

The nose is surprisingly clean with crushed, dark wheat flakes and hints of corn and spice. Pleasantly lacking the often found burnt caramel note. With time hints of charred wood, citrus and almost sherry-like spices.

The palate is soft and wheaty with a touch of cinnamon spice and soft vanilla. Hints of earth and edgier spices come through on the middle. Long and wheaty with lingering earthy, dark spice, tannin and a late subtle treacle note. The best balanced bottling of Bernheim I’ve tasted.




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