I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery I.W. Harper
  • Age NAS
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 41%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • floral
  • vanilla
  • orange
  • peach
  • caramel
  • sweet
  • honey
  • raisin
  • oak

I.W. Harper

Straight Bourbon (0.75l, 41%)
Price $33.99

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Character Goatson
An historic Bourbon returns to the US… and it’s about time.

Issac Wolfe (I.W.) Bernheim famously came the United States in 1867 with $4 cash 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 Diageo purchased the company, brought distilling to their Heaven Hill facility, and returned this historic and tasty Bourbon to the US market.

I.W. Harper makes only two products. Both are really good, but let’s talk about the task at hand. The I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon mash bill is 73% corn, 9% malted barley, and 18% rye. Like its older sister Bourbon, this is a center-cut spirit aged in new American white oak. It’s deliciously sweet, very smooth, and has a fruit-forward character and enough spice to hold your interest at 41% ABV. And even though it is an NAS (non-age statement) all Strait Bourbons must be aged a minimum of four years — but to our tastes, there’s a solid mix of some older Spirits in the bottle.
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery I.W. Harper
  • Age NAS
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 41%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Bright Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are light and fresh with notes of vanilla, split oak, Cracker jacks, and Chardonnay.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is sweet with florals and vanilla caramel with orange blossom honey.

Finish
The finish is brisk with notes of white peaches and raisins.
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  • floral
  • vanilla
  • orange
  • peach
  • caramel
  • sweet
  • honey
  • raisin
  • oak
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
"Remember that iconic poster from World War II showing Rosie the Riveter as a patriotic American woman doing her part for the war effort? Well, hundreds of businesses did their part too, and the Bourbon distillers stepped right up with ‘em.

Distilleries all over Kentucky and Tennessee were re-tooled to distill fuel alcohol and ferment penicillin cultures to treat wounded soldiers."
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
"Remember that iconic poster from World War II showing Rosie the Riveter as a patriotic American woman doing her part for the war effort? Well, hundreds of businesses did their part too, and the Bourbon distillers stepped right up with ‘em.

Distilleries all over Kentucky and Tennessee were re-tooled to distill fuel alcohol and ferment penicillin cultures to treat wounded soldiers."
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
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