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I.W. Harper 15 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I.W. Harper 15 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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Sweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, I.W. HARPER 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey then moves into notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice, and vanilla. The finish leaves a long and lasting mouthfeel perfect for enjoying on the rocks, or neat to truly appreciate the full flavor profile. - The Distillery


I.W. Harper Bourbon has been around for a long time. It was founded in the 1879 by Isaac Wolfe and Bernard Bernheim and has pretty much been around ever since. For some reason (I guess to have a less German-sounding name) they decided to go with Harper instead of Bernheim when naming it and I.W. Harper was born. Isaac retired in 1915 and the I.W. Harper brand was sold a series of times, being owned by Schenley for many decades before being acquired by United Distillers and Vintners which ultimately became Diageo. If you’re into bourbon you recognize the Bernheim name from both whiskies on the shelf and the distillery that is owned by Heaven Hill. Along the way during the series of sales of the I.W. Harper brand, a Bernheim distillery came to be and was also eventually owned by Diageo. When Diageo sold it to Heaven Hill in 1999 along with many of it’s brands, only the I.W. Harper and George Dickel brands were retained by Diageo. Diageo pulled I.W. Harper out of the American market in the early 1990’s as it was very much a bottom shelf product here, but Japan freaking loved it. Now it’s back and nobody is completely sure where the whiskey in the bottle came from, but there are some educated guesses (as well as more information about the brand) here. I’ve rambled enough and now I just want to drink some whiskey. - Barrelandmash.com