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
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.
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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