Time for another piece in the very infrequent series: Innovating Louisville. This time I’d like to bring your attention to Bernheim Original.
A little before the holiday season I had a conversation with the fine folks at Heaven Hill (ok fine, one folk) about their new-to-me product Bernheim Original. Bernheim Original is described as a “wheat whiskey” and that description intrigued me. I know about bourbon and the legally required percentage of corn and I know about rye, well, with rye, but wheat whiskey? That was a new one on me.
It’s new to me (and maybe you) because it’s the first wheat whiskey available in the United States since Prohibition. It’s not brand new, it’s been around a few years now I think, but it’s new enough that I’d not tried it or even seen it many places.
I love the idea that there’s a new kind of whiskey coming out of Louisville. Don’t get me wrong, you know I love bourbon, I just think it’s kind of awesome that Heaven Hill is innovating in other areas of the whiskey market as well.
I’m not an educated enough drinker to really describe the differences in taste between say Bernheim Original and Maker’s Mark or other bourbons but I can tell you that I served it, at a couple of get togethers in December and it was very well received, particularly as a sipping whiskey. If you enjoy bourbon or other whiskeys I’d advice trying Bernheim Original for yourself. I know Old Town Liquors stocks it as I’m sure just about every other liquor store in town does.