It’s a case of you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I must admit my idea of Bourbon back in the day was a handle of whatever whiskey was least expensive and we’d mix it with sour mix or coke. I never really paid attention to the higher end Bourbons, probably because they were not in my price range. Apparently I.W. Harper was something of a Louisville, KY icon back in the day, but focuses on overseas markets instead of the US. Diageo is bringing the brand back with a four-year and 15-year and I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m itching to see if there is anything there. IMO Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Series just hasn’t lived up to the billing. It will be interesting to see if I.W. Harper is all that and a bag of chips or just another hypefest. At $30 for the four-year I’m certainly willing to give it a whirl. The 15-year is reported to be $75 so I might have to find that one at a bar and have a taste before committing.

Harper

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