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!