Wheat whiskey is made in the same way as bourbon, but the wheat content must account for at least 51% of the grist. Wheat is not a particularly common ingredient in bourbon, but it was what Bill Samuels Sr. used to give Maker's Mark its softer personality. Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey (to give it its full name) was first made in 2005 and is actually the only commercially available wheat whiskey. The style of this whiskey is softer and sweeter than bourbon. This whiskey is produced at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky in small batches. This is almost the flip side of bourbon, the standard order of flavours reversed so that the toasty, bready qualities of wheat replace the more aggressive vanilla, oak and spice intensity. The result is a gentle flavoursome and soft peach and apricot tinged whiskey with some liquorice and citrus notes.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Liquorice, anise, hickory, tropical fruit, toasted cinnamon.
Palate: Incredibly smooth then lightly spiced and peppery.
Finish: The sweetness is held in check by the wood but never overpowering.
Retails for around £60