I. W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon American Whiskey Review

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Established in 1872, the I. W. Harper brand has a long and successful history. Their I. W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon American Whiskey is a testament to that.

The American Dream

The brand has a wonderful backstory that more or less sums up what the American Dream should be.

It was founded by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German born businessman who travelled to America to find success. And that’s what he did, with his I. W. Harper brand.

First he opened his distillery, Bernheim Bros., in 1870 and the I.W. Harper brand was created in 1872. They became very popular and one a number of Gold medals for their Whiskey.

During the 1900s, they were one of only 10 distilleries in Kentucky allowed to remain open and in production during prohibition, although this was for “medicinal purposes”. If only we had the same excuse these days!

The brand went global and would eventually sell in 110 countries. Today, they are owned by drinks giant Diageo.

Keeping hold of their roots, they have worked hard in Kentucky itself by partnering with other local brands and producers.

The I. W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon American Whiskey Review

Aged for a reasonable 15 years, this is a well-rounded malt that has all the best characteristic of a good Bourbon.

Tasting notes for I. W. Hopper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon American Whiskey

The nose begins with lots of sweet fruity notes. Cherries, apples, oranges, raspberries and peaches all abound, giving it a lovely tang from the get go. Oak wood and thick caramel are joined by a hint of sweet nuts and marzipan.

The palate is fresh and full of menthol, dark chocolate, citrus fruits and vanilla. The mouth feel is really smooth and soft. It is bright and sweet, tying in nicely with the thick caramel and vanilla notes that appear. There is a bit of heat towards the end and a wonderful note of dried fruits.

The finish is bold and sweet, ending on a note of oak wood and vanilla, with a little hint of cinnamon.

This I. W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon American Whiskey is a truly classic Bourbon and one you should become very well acquainted with.

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