Review #14 – I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey

Review #14 | /r/Bourbon Review #12 – I.W. Harper

The Schtick: IW Harper is a brand reboot managed by Heaven Hill. IW Harper was one of the producers of old. You can still sometimes see their 15yr age stated expression sitting on a store counter in its cologne style bottle, but that’s priced about $70 above this release. For the record, this is the no age statement, $20 edition.


Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: IW Harper

ABV: 41% ABV

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 73% Corn, 18% Rye, 9% Barley

Source: Bottle, purchased


Nose: Sugar, pears, fruit, kind of like a shitty fruit rollup.

Taste: Honestly, better than I was expecting. It’s pretty sweet and tastes fairly young, lots of sugar and fruit. Very thin and watery though with more heat that it should be displaying, given the proof.

Finish: Short and dissipates very quickly. Leaves behind some pear and then moves on to haunt its next victim with very little delay.

Overall: Overall, this is a very flawed product. It’s young, thin, hot, weirdly sweet and grainy. I went ahead and purchased it, so you don’t have to.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 3


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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