Excerpt: I wouldn’t recommend shelling out $35 just to make a simple Manhattan with this bourbon. However, if you end up with a bottle and find yourself slightly disappointed, do try using it in cocktails to help ease the pain of spending $35 on this.
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IW Harper is a brand reboot managed by Heaven Hill. IW Harper was one of the producers of old. You can still sometimes see their 15yr age stated expression sitting on a store counter in its cologne style bottle, but thats priced about $70 above this release. For the record, this is the no age statement, $20 edition.
Sugar, pears, fruit, kind of like a shitty fruit rollup.
Honestly, better than I was expecting. Its pretty sweet and tastes fairly young, lots of sugar and fruit. Very thin and watery though with more heat that it should be displaying, given the proof.
Short and dissipates very quickly. Leaves behind some pear and then moves on to haunt its next victim with very little delay.
Overall, this is a very flawed product. Its young, thin, hot, weirdly sweet and grainy. I went ahead and purchased it, so you dont have to.
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