The I.W. Harper brand is returning to the U.S. for the first time in over 20 years, with the release of two new whiskeys – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and limited edition 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
The whiskeys, both of which were inspired by the original I.W. Harper variants, will be available nationwide in late March.
The mash bill for the Straight Bourbon Whiskey is approximately 73% corn, 18% rye and 9% barley. The bottle is a modern interpretation of a historic I.W. Harper embossed bottle. Beginning with a subtle nose, the Straight Bourbon Whiskey leaves traces of caramel and vanilla on entry before melting into creamy bursts of wood and spice, according to the company. The finish is sweet and pleasant with subtle fruit notes. 82 proof, 41% ABV. The suggested retail price for the 750-ml bottle is $34.99.
The mash bill for the 15-Year-Old is approximately 86% corn, 6% rye and 8% barley. The bottle is a modern interpretation of the historic I.W. Harper Whiskey decanter bottle. Sweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, the 15-Year-Old Kentucky then moves into notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice and vanilla, according to the company. The finish leaves a long and lasting mouthfeel. The 15-Year-Old is recommended to be enjoyed on the rocks or neat to appreciate the full flavor profile. 86 proof, 43% ABV. The suggested retail price for the 750-ml bottle is $74.99.