IW Harper Bottled-In-Bond (1936-1942) Review

This is an IW Harper BIB expression that was distilled in 1936 and bottled in 1942 at 50% ABV.

Nose: Heavy, chocolaty oak full of very rich caramel and butterscotch notes. Dark nose overall but very full at the same time – sometimes these oak heavy noses become too closed off for me.

Palate: Oak heavy up front with loads of burnt tobacco and cocoa powder. Peppery with more butterscotch and bold vanilla.

Finish: Oak drying out turning slightly hot and buttery.

Rating: 93/100 – A very bold expression – normally I’m not a fan of oak heavy bourbons, but this one is done so well that it doesn’t come off bitter or tannic.

Value for the money: Not really sure what these go for on the secondary since it’s very specific year wise and not seen too often. I would guess several hundred dollars or more, and I would not buy a bottle at that kind of price.

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