Now available in a very limited quantity: Single Barrel Bernheim Wheat Whiskey hand-selected by the Mollie Stone’s team!
We enjoyed our Evan Williams Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey so much last year that we decided to select another single barrel again this year. Wanting something unique and different for our customers, we reached out to the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey is distilled in Rickhouse Y.
Bernheim is the first truly new variety of American straight whiskey introduced since Prohibition, and is the first whiskey to use winter wheat as the primary grain (>51%) in its mashbill. The result is a velvety soft, sweet flavor and medium finish with a brilliant copper color. It is defined as “small batch” as the Master Distillers select from 75 barrels or less to create the one-of-a-kind taste profile. As a straight whiskey, it meets the same criteria as Bourbon or rye – aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels, distilled at less than 160 proof and contains no coloring, flavoring or blending agents.
Keep reading for our tasting notes and to learn how we selected our single barrel!
After receiving five barrel strength samples from the Bernheim Rickhouse, we blended them with distilled water in the correct proportion. We carefully tasted each one, cleansing our palates between each barrel sample by sipping and smelling distilled water.
The samples had a mildly sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and honey. They tasted of toffee, berries and spice with fresh mint, and had an elegant and warm finish of soft toasted oak.
After much discussion, we decided our favorite sample was from Barrel #5091294. It stood out with an excellent roundness and lingering finish of caramel, with a pleasant heat that was not too sharp or overpowering. Bernheim pulled our barrel out of production and bottled it into 240 bottles exclusively for Mollie Stone’s.
We recommend it chilled, served neat. With its more unique, mellow taste profile than traditional Bourbon, our Single Barrel Bernheim also delivers a smooth, high quality cocktail without overpowering or making it too heavy.
Although Bernheim is made with wheat, corn and malted barley, it is, in fact, gluten free. The distillation of those main ingredients eliminates many of the elements which affect those with gluten intolerance.
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey has received numerous awards:
- Double Gold Medal Winner, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 94 Points Exceptional Rating, Beverage Tasting Institute
- 93 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine
- Pioneer Whiskey of the Year, Malt Advocate Magazine
- World’s Best Wheat Whiskey, Whiskey Mag. World Whiskies Awds.
- Gold Medal Winner, International Spirits Challenge
- Editor’s Gold Choice Award, Whiskey Magazine