I.W. Harper 15 YR
Distillery: Bernheim Distillery . Louisville, KY
Age: 15 YR
Nose: Freshly sawn oak, black pepper, and circus peanuts.
Palate: Smooth and creamy in texture, this is a high corn recipe that is heavy with fresh oak but simmers down into caramel and cinnamon notes.
Color: Deep Amber
Notes: Originally launched in 1879, I.W. Harper, the venerable Kentucky Bourbon returns to distribution within the United States this year (2015) after a long absence. Created by the Bernheim brothers, Isaac and Bernard, the brand was named after Isaac's first two initials (I.W.), but the surname Harper was chosen for broader market appeal. With a high corn mashbill (86%) this 15 year old offering was distilled at the New Bernheim Distillery in Louisville (now part of Heaven Hill) and aged most recently at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.