Wheat Whiskey Stirs Up Whiskey World
Here's another interesting battle in the whiskey war, because they're making it with a new ingredient. Whiskey is typically made of fermented grains like barley, corn, and rye, but a small distillery is making a splash by trying something new. According to a story at the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal
Heaven Hill Distilleries is going against the grain with a new addition to the popular and highly profitable small-batch whiskey category.
Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, the company said, is the first on the modern market distilled primarily from wheat -- a selling point the company hopes will create a buzz among connoisseurs who are willing to pay the $40-a-bottle price.
Winter wheat makes up 51 percent of Bernheim's grain recipe, with 39 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley.
The story goes on to say that the creation "is not as sweet as bourbon...and has a tang usually associated with scotch or rye whiskey." I like the sweetness of bourbon, but I'm always up to try something new. I'll keep you posted if I can get my hands on a bottle.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 4, 2005 10:39 AM