Review #486 | /r/Bourbon Review #280 – I.W Harper 15yr
The Schtick: This is a 15yr release from under Diageo’s wing. It is sourced product from New Bernheim bottled under the I.W Harper line that Diageo is resurrecting.
Distiller: New Bernheim Distillery
Bottler: I.W. Harper Distilling Co. (Diageo)
ABV: 43% ABV
Age: 15 Years
Nose: Sweet honey, cloves, vanilla and caramel. Deep earthy tobacco.
Taste: Medium mouth feel with no heat. Sweet corn, rich vanilla. Honey, tobacco and clove. Not too sweet, not too earthy. Some faint banana.
Finish: Medium length, nice clove and spice notes. Some sweetness here also from the caramel.
Overall: It’s not massively complex but it’s actually pretty well made. I like it. There’s some nice balance between the sweetness and the more earthy/savory notes. Not at all over oaked.
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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 | Perfect | Perfect