Bernheim 7 Year Old "K&L Exclusive Barrel #5253192" Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey (750ml - ships as 1.5L)
The Bernheim Whiskey, named for the magnificent and monolithic distillery and its namesake Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, is one of Heaven Hill's innovative new products developed after the purchase of the distillery in the late 90s. IW Bernheim was the famous creator of the IW Harper brand and godfather of the Louisville whiskey scene. His namesake product, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, uses an unusual mashbill of 51% wheat, 39% corn and a hefty 10% dollop of malt. The idea behind the high wheat whiskey was to design a softer flavor profile that would appeal to a broad range of people. The high wheat content means we don't have the spicy of a rye heavy bourbon, but that does not mean they are lacking in complexity. A few months ago we travelled to Kentucky to visit the Heaven Hill facility and select a couple of casks of this special whiskey. What we found were some fabulous whiskies only a few stylistic steps sideways from the ultra-popular and hard to get wheated bourbons on the market. We selected two casks with quite different profiles and believe they'll change the image of this style of whiskey. This barrel, shows darker flavors than her sister and more spice. Much more barrel influence on the nose, soft green oak and sweet grains. The palate has a ton of dark chocolate, sorghum syrup and leafy forest floor. It's well balanced, but with a bit more intensity here.