A deeply rich, amazingly smooth and historic Bourbon returns to the US and the world.
Issac Wolfe (I.W.) Bernheim famously came the United States in 1867 with $4 cash to his name and the clothes on his back. He got a job as a bookkeeper for a liquor company and saved his pennies, eventually opening his own distribution business in 1872. Soon, he was distilling and bottling his own brand of premium Bourbon under the I.W. Harper name to avoid confusion with his Bernheim Distribution business. For decades, all I.W. Harper Bourbon was exported. But a few years ago Diegeo purchased the company and has now returned this historic and tasty Bourbon to its original market and made it available in the United States once again.
I.W. Harper 15 Year Old is just really really good. Let’s start with the basics. The mash bill is 86% corn, 8% malted barley, and only 6% rye. And yes … the center-cut spirit is aged a full fifteen years in new American white oak. If you are a Bourbon fan, those numbers tell you the entire story. It’s perfectly sweet, very smooth, and has a fruit-forward character and just a hint of spice that holds your interest. It’s a lovely dram best sipped and savored neat. Enjoy.
Lovely find once in when I was In Kentucky. I buy it when I run across it.
Not a fan... taste was mild, almost a watered- down quality. OK for making an old fashioned though.
This was my first true love when it came to bourbons. Became a member of Flaviar just for this whiskey. Can't find it anywhere.
Flaviar is really helping me hone my palette. This bourbon in particular is a new favorite, and makes drinking any of my other bourbons much more difficult. This stuff is buttery and fruity but not overwhelmingly so, loads of flavor, and the finish is long and outstanding with very little burn. YUMMY. Thanks Flaviar!
7.8 stars. If you’ve ever had an evening when you go back-and-forth with your best friend where each of you tells five awesome, big set-up jokes, in turn, with a Leprechaun accent, then this is your dram. You can REMEMBER this stuff. Usually ‘fruit’ is code for ‘fleeting’, but iwh15 is anything but temporary or ephemeral. The leather and orange linger, with commitment. Give this as a gift to a novice drinker and he/she/they will never forget it, or you, or your jokes.
Top-notch bourbon. In my top 5. Great nose and taste spiral. Ice brings out the caramel and orange. Nice bite, not overpowering but proper amount of hear.
My favorite I.W. Harper. If you can find it for MSRP it is well worth it but more than that I would make a pass.
Good but not great. Aftertaste is a little pointed. Not worth the price.
You have to let this one breathe. The neck poor has a funky, woody nose and taste. It was unpleasant at first so I put it on my shelf and forgot about it. When I came back to it, months later, it was totally different. The wood subsided and it was really fruit-forward with dark red grapes and vanilla on the nose. Taste was really smooth and no barrel bitter at all.
good bourbon. Easy sippin, pricey but a nice treat.
Very smooth drink. I would expect this from a 15 year old bourbon. Sweet start and easy middle, no burn. If put on ice almost has no finish. Best enjoyed chilled in freezer and served neat.
I did not like this at all. It had such an off flavor I have to think I got a bad bottle based on the other reviews.
Very good across the board. Received as a gift. One of the better special occasion worthy bourbons I’ve had.
Oh my god! What happened here. This is not what I want from a high end whiskey. One of the few I cannot drink.
One of the smoothest drinks I’ve had in a while. My wife bought this for me for Father’s Day without me tasting. I’m really impressed with the smooth fruity flavors and mild spice on the finish. Definitely one I’ll keep drinking.
Right up there with Pappy...and about $900 cheaper!
A very easy smooth drink. I would highly recommend.
Smooth drinking. I felt that it became more complex with flavors the more I drank.
Chocolate and raisins with vanilla and clove spice. Medium tail with lingering notes of leather. Conflicting flavors with a tinge of alcohol, still enjoyable, but a lot to be desired.
I.W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was distilled at the current Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky from a mash of 86% corn, 6% rye, and 8% barley. After distillation, the bourbon was aged most recently at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery (also in Louisville) before being hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Great mouth feel, buttery. Nose has peaches, caramel, leather, cinnamon. Palate is very smooth with more peaches, cinnamon, a hint of banana and milk chocolate and oak. Love this bourbon!
Orange, chocolate and leather dominate a very flavorful and enjoyable whiskey. It’s really great and I will definitely make a staple in my home bar.
Just an easy bourbon to settle into.
Fantastic, no other words to describe it
Too low of proof. Good banana/wood focused nose but that’s about it. Tastes like water on the palate and has a very short and unmemorable finish. Cool bottle though. I’d pass on this one and save your money for something better. Overpriced.
Not a fan
Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.
Smooth and full of sweet flavors. A lovely sipping whiskey.
Much older than my usual and oh so smooth, wow.
Great bourbon, a staple on my bar
Excellent burbon of you like them on the sweeter side. Smooth drinking and great finish, and a dead classy bottle never hurts.
Outstanding bourbon. Great bottle for gifts!
leather is a forefront for me in this one. little smoky, less sweet.
This is one of the tastiest bourbons I have tried so far! Smooooth and well balanced.
Smooth. Great supper. Sharp bottle.
Smooth, easy drinker, needs to be higher proof, not that complex
Cherry and vanilla forward. Good, but not really better than their standard offering.
Excellent with a smooth sweetness
I like it. Not too hot ,but has a nice mellow finish. Overall a smooth drink. Will buy again
Smooth, but subtly complex. A hint of caramel with strong oak and vanilla overtones. A solid drink for a night spent on the porch.
I really wanted more from this given the price but the bottle os cool.
Very smooth and sweet to start. Can taste a bit of citrus at first, then turning to a nice long, spicey, sweet finish. A good bourbon to sip on neat.
Very Smoth with a long finish and a bit of complexity to it
Strong scent but good taste and very smooth
I love how this tastes. Let the air touch it for awhile and it gets better. It has a little punch at first, too.
A must if you drink bourbon. Smooth and delicious. One of my favorites.
Absolutely smooth as can be if drank neat. Slightly smoky with a hint of rhy flavor
Super clean and smooth, almost too smooth. A very nice neat whiskey.
Very nice nose, you can really smell the honey. The first taste is strong, but not lingering. Very distinctive sweetness at first, followed by a nice warmth. A clean finish that doesn't leave any aftertaste.
Smooth. Expensive but great addition to bar.
great drink neat or iced...
This is different and special bourbon. I love it. It has a very distinctive nose of roasted peanuts and toasting marshmallows. Palate is extremely smooth, with subtle flavors of caramel and a whiff of pine, overripe persimmon, with a pronounced and constant symphony of cocoa dust. And to be honest it is a bit of an oak blast. With bigger sips, a cherry note emerges and wonderfully dominates. The finish just keeps delivering with mild spices, milk chocolate, and sweet corn. Creamy, dreamy and unique, I will definitely be coming back for more. Highly recommend. Very unique. Hunker down and fight through the oak like a man, to enjoy the more subtle aspects of this one.
Good nose, easy finish.
Smooth and for the price one of the best whiskey. Even the standard IW Harper is good enough to get the job done.
I truly enjoyed Harper.
Smooth and delicious
Very smooth and warm finish, an excellent addition to my bar!
First of all the decanter is gorgeous, however, what's inside is even more impressive. Very smooth with hints of fruit. It's best served just over ice. Mixing it would be a sin.
This is delicious! Definitely try it!
Very expensive and old, but lacking in depth and complexity; not with the price
My new favorite.
I’m going through this too quickly. Of all the bottles of Bourbon in my bar, I secretly whisper “You’re my favorite” to the I.W. Harper.
Outstanding!!! Very Smooth. Excellent finish.
TASTED OF CARAMEL & HONEY. VERY SMOOTH. GREAT WITH AN ICE SPHERE AND YOUR YOUR FAVORITE CIGAR
This was highly enjoyable! I definitely would recommend this for someone looking for something to sip on.
Stiff, a bit astringent aftertaste. Tastes a bit stale. A bit smokey.
My wife bought a bottle of this for my birthday and I absolutely love it! Very Smooth!
Oh my, I do love this one. Quite Smokey and smooth, it wears the 15 years on its shoulders in all the right ways.
Excellent! Smooth but robust
Great sipping (neat)! Super smooth. Very enjoyable nose.