Bernheim Original


Distillery/Brand: Bernheim
Region: USA
ABV: 45%
Colour: Young Sauternes

Nose: 24
Taste: 24
Finish: 23
Balance: 22

I started drinking whisky only because of my love for bourbons. Big bold personalities unashamed of smothering you with flavors whereas most Scottish single malts chose to remain restrained and courteous.

And Bernheim Original was one of the first that I managed to get my hands on.

Nose: Made from 100% wheat grain the nose is an intense pounding of warm chocolate and maple syrup with squished blue berries and raisins. All poured into a bowl of steaming hot caramel marchiato with a few cardamom pods.

Palate: The intensity continues on the palate with the same clove infused maple syrup drizzled on a chocolate orange cake. Fantastic.

Finish: The long finish is once again bristling with chocolate covered cloves.

This is brilliant stuff. Unafraid and brash with a wagon full of attitude.

Rating: 93


Parkers Heritage Collection


Distillery/Brand: Parkers
Bottling: Parkers Heritage Collection
ABV: 50%
Colour: Old Sauternes

Nose: 24
Taste: 24
Finish: 24
Balance: 23

This was one of my earlier purchases and I hadn’t tasted it in a long time. I just remembered that it was good. How good? I had totally forgotten!

The nose is a massive burst of vanilla, coconut, leather and burnt toast. Just like a good bourbon should be. But what sets this one apart is the crisp intensity of each aroma. Add to this a beautiful mix of ground coffee, a slice of chocolate cake, fresh tobacco and cardamom and you invariably reach for the non-existant six shooter by your side!

The taste is as explosive as the nose with caramel, vanilla, orange liqueur and big cinnamon playing a country song on your palate. Oaky honey and maple syrup cascade in next to round off a lip smacking delivery.

As the long, oily and spicy finish hints of boiled sweets and cigar box you can’t help but salivate at the thought of the next sip.

A must-have winter night dram – preferably out in the open fields.

Rating: 95