PRODUCT BACKGROUND: Iconic whiskey brand I.W. Harper is returning to the United States with a limited release of 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey, which was inspired by the original I.W. Harper releases, will be available in Spring 2015 and will offer American consumers lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle a richness of taste and history only the I.W. Harper brand can provide.
HISTORY: In 1867, German immigrant Isaac Wolfe (I.W.) Bernheim arrived in America with four dollars in his pocket and dreams of a better life. By 1872, he had founded his own distillery, Bernheim Brothers and Company, soon acquiring the trademark to produce the whiskey ultimately known as I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey won its first gold medal in 1885 and continued to gain popularity across the country and around the world throughout the twentieth century. By the mid 1990’s, the I.W. Harper brand shifted its focus to the Asian market and ceased distribution in the United States. Nearly 20 years later, the I.W. Harper brand is returning to the U.S. with two new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys for legal drinking age consumers to enjoy.
ORIGIN: I.W. Harper 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was distilled at the current Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Ky. and aged most recently at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville. It is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.
PRODUCTION: The mash bill for I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is approximately 86% corn, 6% rye and 8% barley.
PRODUCT PACKAGING: The I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey packaging is inspired by the rich history of the legendary brand, featuring the iconic bowing man and diamond labels that helped make the original instantly recognizable. The bottle is a modern interpretation of the classic I.W. Harper Whiskey decanter bottle.
TASTING NOTES: Sweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey then moves into notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice and vanilla. The finish leaves a long and lasting mouthfeel perfect for sipping over conversation with adult friends and family. I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is recommended to be enjoyed on the rocks or neat to truly appreciate the full flavor profile.
SIZES: 750 ml
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 86 proof, 43% ABV
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $74.99
ABOUT I.W. HARPER: I.W. Harper evokes a sense of timeless gentility to provide premium whiskey to a new generation. As a testament to the authentic quality which sustained the decades, the Bowing Man remains as the iconic symbol of I.W. Harper. The Bowing Man stands to remind us— anywhere, anytime, it’s always a pleasureTM. These traditions remain as two new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys will be released to American consumers in 2015 as the next chapter in I.W. Harper’s expansive story. Welcome home, Mr. Harper.
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 41-43% Alc/Vol. ©2015 I.W. Harper Distilling Company, Tullahoma, TN