I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon

Bourbon

I.W. Harper // Kentucky, USA

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    94
  • Avg. Rating

    3.55
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 380 )

I.W. Harper is a brand that has existed since the 1870s, founded by Isaac Wolf and Bernard Bernheim. The name of their distillery is Bernheim, but the name "Harper" actually comes from the owner of a Kentucky Derby horse the brothers took a liking to. Though Bernheim has continuously operated since it first opened in some capacity, even during Prohibition when it made "prescription" whiskey, and in the 70s and 80s, the brand was allocated to the Asian market till now. This straight bourbon is a blend of whiskeys aged between 4 and 20 years at the Stitzel-Weller warehouse, with a mash bill of 73% corn, 18% rye and 9% malted barley.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    41.0
  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"Perhaps owing to the blending of some rather mature whiskeys along with younger ones, this is a thoroughly well balanced bourbon. At first the banana, caramel, vanilla and sweet floral flavors might seem heavy handed, but after a few sips, it becomes more luscious and juicy. Strawberry, corn cereal, allspice, clove, nutmeg and black pepper round out the long, lingering finish. Welcome back to the U.S. of A., I.W. Harper!"

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Flavor Profile

Rich & Full Bodied