Spiral I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon

I.W. Harper
I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon
Reviews and Tasting Notes

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.

The finish is brisk with notes of white peaches and raisins.

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I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon is adored for its floral, vanilla, orange and peach flavor notes.

This Bourbon is carefully distilled at New Bernheim distillery, United States.

Based on 45 votes, the average rating for I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon is 7.9/10.

Top reviews for I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon:

— For me, this is perfect. You can do anything with it. Old fashioned? Check. Whiskey sour? You bet. Manhattan? You can get away with it.

— Very smooth. Third sip suggested notes of vanilla & cherry.

— Smooth and inexpensive
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    4 Year Old

I.W. Harper I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon

(0.75l, 41%)

Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of I.W.Harper Straight Bourbon
Very smooth. Third sip suggested notes of vanilla & cherry.
Ok, well... with the first taste of it, it about knocked my nose off, was not exactly smooth... however, after mixing it in an old fashioned, it was a lot better tasting... I like it, it would just not be my go to. I will enjoy the bottle, then we will see.+
Smooth and inexpensive
Solid bourbon for the price. Very smooth.
For me, this is perfect. You can do anything with it. Old fashioned? Check. Whiskey sour? You bet. Manhattan? You can get away with it.
I.W. Harper is not a label I knew much about. I had seen the 15 year in its beautiful bottle and thought, "There must be something wonderful in there," but the brand had not appeared in reviews, discussions, or top lists that I had seen. The fact is, other than the 15 year, I wasn't sure what else, if anything, was even in the I.W. Harper line. This has a lot to do with the fact that the brand was pulled from the U.S. market in the mid-90s and sold primarily in Europe and Asia, only returning stateside in the last few years. I strolled into a neighborhood liquor store the other day and was delighted to see that they had I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon Whiskey. While the bottle itself didn't look quite so nice as the 15 year, the label and color scheme definitely put out an air of sophistication. At only $32, I thought it worth purchasing as the first bourbon I would own with no prior knowledge of its reputation or attributes. The Harper has a nice dark golden brown color and comes in at a sure to be smooth 82 proof. The nose is gentle with vanilla and oak, maybe some corn, and not much else. There is no age statement, other than it being a straight bourbon, but it smells like a young bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth and not quite dry, but almost. The palate has a citrusy sweet profile with orange, vanilla, light brown sugar, and a nice cinnamon bite on the back of the tongue. The finish is moderate with oak and leather standing out along with a lingering sweetness. This is a good bourbon that I can sip neat or use in a cocktail. A higher proof or more time in the barrel, or both, would bring this bourbon to the next level, but as it stands this is just a pretty good bourbon and a pretty good price. I would say that while this label is not a must-have, it is worth trying and certainly makes me think the 15 year is probably outstanding.
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