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I.W. Harper’s lineup contains two (wildly) totally different, sourced expressions, and now they’re joined by a 3rd, which is once more a departure for the model. This can be a 4 12 months previous Kentucky bourbon that’s completed in casks that held cabernet sauvignon wine from California. Aside from that (and the truth that it’s bottled at Stitzel-Weller), particulars are scarce.
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The bourbon is fairly on the nostril, although a bit punchy with alcohol at first. Notes of sesame and heavy florals, nearly perfumed at occasions, dominate. Toasty oak kicks issues off on the palate, which gives notes of creamy nougat, some peanut shell, a number of burnt caramel, and ample vanilla — all the trimmings of a traditional bourbon. What I didn’t initially get on this whiskey is any actual sense of the cabernet sauvignon cask — till nicely into the end, the place a vivid be aware of pink fruits, maybe currants, abruptly comes into focus. That sort of fruity sweetness, touched with black pepper right here, wouldn’t be misplaced in some commonplace bourbons (assume Baker’s), however right here it does really feel amped up, a minimum of a bit. Shiny and clear and wholly exuberant, the berry notes are only a layer of spice atop an in any other case stable whiskey that feels much more versatile and instantly approachable than one would count on.
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