I.W. Harper 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
15 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
86 Proof
us United States
Added on
03 May 2015 10:05 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 141.28

7 × in wishlist

23 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for I.W. Harper 15-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.95 points

  1. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    interesting bourbon especially in the finish. However, I find the 12 year old more harmonious
    • Nose
      spicy, a little oak, sweet with caramel, vanilla, very soft, a little peach, then the spicy notes become stronger
    • Taste
      spicy, some oak here too. Slightly sweet, vanilla and caramel, a little pepper on the tip of the tongue,
    • Finish
      Aromatic finish, spicy with herbs and a subtle sweetness, but predominantly woody, earthy notes

  2. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, peach, pear, banana, apricot, apple, touch of vanilla custard, pear, coffee and orange
    • Taste
      Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee beans, baked apples, vanilla, barley, overripe banana, lemon and ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coffee, earthy notes, barley, ginger, grapefruit, green apple and dried apricot

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I must be a sucker for sweet thin older oaky bourbons, this reminds me of OB Rhetoric and both I enjoy very much.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet oak, creamy, vanilla, red fruit
    • Taste
      88 88
      Coconut custard, sweet sawdust, bookshop dust, hint of spice to balance
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, tangy, oaky,

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I.W. Harper 15 year old is a fairly relaxed bourbon with high sweetness and relatively gentle flavours – as such, it’s quite easy drinking. It shows a good translation from the nose to the mouth, but not necessarily one where you’d guess the slightly higher age statement. It does however have excellent balance of flavour and some impressive qualities at only 43% ABV.

    • Nose
      Sweet and softly spiced. Stewed fruits (dark ones – blackcurrants, blackberries and cherries) merge with confectionery shop sweetness, brown sugars, and healthy dusting of cinnamon. There’s some underlying umami flavour here – sweetcorn and something slightly lactic – not creamy, sharp. There are hints of varnish out of the bottle which fade after a short rest in the glass.
    • Taste
       Sweet again, but now with more prominent spicing coming through. Caramel and toffee covered apples are joined by some juicy dark berries and some big vanilla influence – part pod, part extract. Earthiness takes over from umami now and reminds me of barrel filled warehouses full of planking and very sappy wood and wood resins. Spicing is high with cinnamon, but still on the sweet side (a factor of the lower rye content I’d posit). In the background some natural herbal/vegetal notes of reeds, flax and dried grass.
    • Finish
      Quite long, quite oaky and with some astringency starting to appear. Vanilla and cinnamon on show.


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