The I.W. HARPER bourbon story began when Isaac Wolfe and Bernard Bernheim along with silent partner Eldrige Palmer start Bernheim Bros. distillery in Paducah, Kentucky in 1872 with $3200. Just a few years later the Bernheim brothers acquire the I.W. HARPER trademark. The Bernheim Brothers thrived during Prohibition as one of only ten distilleries allowed to legally produce for medicinal purposes. Though I.W. HARPER bourbon was not one of these medicinal whiskies, the brand still endured.
By 1966 the brand becomes an international sensation, traveling the world to become a bourbon enjoyed in 110 countries. Even furthering its role in the spotlight, in 1963 I.W. HARPER bourbon is featured in Ian Fleming’s classic James Bond novel, and later the movie of the same title, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” in which Bond—James Bond drinks I.W. HARPER bourbon over ice.
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (82 proof)
Visual: Sunny gold.
Nose: Subdued and restrained, but with a decent touch of oak and a smattering of vanilla.
Taste: Quite smooth, balanced and elegant. I’m reminded of some of the lighter Irish whiskies, yet this is most definitely bourbon. Sweet, mild and without a lot of expressive character. It doesn’t need to be the center of attention.
Finish: Medium-short. At the very tail end is a faint hint of copper. If you’ve ever sucked on a penny, you know what I mean.
Overall: Decent, one-note bourbon that won’t knock your socks off, but still manages to get the job done.
GSN Rating: B
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