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my biggest pet peeve with review sites is they focus on msrp pricing, or the pricing the distillery sells them for. very few bottles are actually available at msrp, so I will be evaluating them at their market value. the other note is, these are not in depth reviews, with tasting notes and bottle biographies. just quick hits for the people that want a little info and insight and want to move on. happy drinking!


i. W. Harper 15 Year

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

So I’ll be the first to admit that I overpaid for this bottle. It was something that had interested me for a while and I paid for that. My local liquor store (if it was in stock) had it at roughly $85, so bear that in mind as you read.

My honest opinion of this bourbon is it drinks exactly at its market value as of this post. I do not think I would pay more for it than $85. That being said, I would be very comfortable spending that for this bottle.

The first thing I notice is the striking bottle. Images do not do it justice; it truly is a beautiful design. The taste, however, is a step down, but only slightly. If you are a traditional bourbon enthusiast, you will thoroughly enjoy this. Heavy oak and vanilla notes run rampant throughout the nose and tongue. A long, ethanol burn finishes it off with subtle caramel notes lingering.

All in all, a solid bourbon that is a step above in terms of quality. That being said, I do not see the market value of this bourbon increasing over time. I think it holds true with what it is: a very good, but not outstanding pour. That being said, the bottle alone makes this a statement in any bourbon cabinet and you will drink it if you have it. Enjoy, and drink safely.


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