I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Bourbon Review


Earlier this year, the I.W. Harper brand was recently re-introduced to the U.S. market in a standard offering and this limited-edition 15-year-old expression.  The whiskey was distilled at the Bernheim distillery, now owned by Heaven Hill.  It’s made up of 86% corn, 6% rye and 8% barley, and is selling for an SRP of $74.99.  The bottle is a re-interpretation of the old I.W. Harper glass decanter.  Let’s get to tasting!

On the nose, there’s a bit of dried fruit, candied toffee, vanilla and oak.  The oak here isn’t as present as it is in the Orphan Barrel Forged Oak release.  Taste-wise, I get a little spiciness on the entry.  Caramel and vanilla begin showing strongly, with some baking spices in the background.  A dry oak is present, but again, kept in check.  The mouthfeel here is thicker than expected, considering the low proof (86). The medium length finish is bittersweet and slightly drying.

I first tasted I.W. Harper 15 at Tales of the Cocktail during a Diageo-hosted party.  I enjoyed it then and enjoyed it again as I wrote this review.  Just about everything works here, from the flavors to the bottling proof.  It’s very tasty and easily sippable.  Highly recommended!

(Note: I was sent a small review sample by Diageo.)

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