Nose: very bourbon-like but the sweetness is creamier. Moist vanilla cake. With lemon buttercream icing! Decadent sweetness atop rich, toasted oak. Marvellous aroma.
Taste: full-bodied, with big sweetness to match the nose. Lots of oak. Drinks like a bourbon but the taste in unique.
Finish: long and oak-driven, as expected. Just a tad bitter at the back of the mouth.
Balance: this wonderful whiskey came as a surprise, especially after seeing a few lukewarm reviews describing it as flat and tasteless. The wheat really shines with a dominant vanilla profile. Very well-made and balanced. 7 years of aging seems about perfect.
@Megawatt I agree with you, the sweetness is creamy. I like it a lot even if I would not rate iT over 90. Something interesting is that I find that wheat whiskies are getting spicier with air exposure. After a year opened, I would have qualify a bottle of Bernheim I had as spicy and that is as a whiskey not as a wheat whiskey.
@Megawatt If the short time it last is a tribute of your appreciation for it there is no regret to have. Mine last because I have too many bottle opened and not enough opportunity to drink them.
@Frost The evolution was probably progressive. I'm assuming it was because that bottle went unattended for many months. It was not the same thing with a bottle of Booker's I had where the transformation occured in a few weeks after months of stability. To have a Booker's becoming very floral was a big surprise. To have a Bernheim becoming peppery was an evolution expected but the power of the spicy flavors was surprising.