PRODUCT BACKGROUND: The I.W. Harper brand is returning home for the first time in nearly 20 years, with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The unique offering commemorates the original whiskeys produced by the brand, as it’s reintroduced in the United States with a commitment to authenticity that only 142 years of experience can provide.
BACKGROUND: 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 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was most recently aged at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Ky., and contains whiskeys distilled at the current Bernheim Distillery. It is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.
PRODUCTION: The mash bill for I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is approximately 73% corn, 18% rye and 9% barley.
PRODUCT PACKAGING: The I.W. Harper 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 a classic I.W. Harper embossed bottle.
TASTING NOTES: Beginning with a subtle nose, I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey leaves traces of caramel and vanilla on entry before melting into creamy bursts of wood and spice. The finish is sweet and pleasant with subtle fruit notes.
SIZES: 750 ml
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 82 proof, 41% (ABV)
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $34.99
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