I.W. Harper Launches Ultra-Premium Cabernet Cask Reserve

by Phillip Galyean

The I.W. Harper brand is introducing a new spirit to its timeless collection: Cabernet Cask Reserve. This Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Cabernet Casks joins the line-up of the brand’s original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the 15 Year Old expression. Seven years after the brand’s relaunch, I.W. Harper is introducing this classic whiskey with exceptional style and substance. Celebrating the legacy and inspiration of the golden era combined with modern refinement, Cabernet Cask Reserve brings out the whiskey and wine-finished flavors in exquisite harmony.

Cabernet Cask Reserve is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey aged for four years in new charred American oak barrels, then perfected in luxury California Cabernet Sauvignon casks and bottled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery, one of the true cathedrals of the American Whisky industry. This spirit takes the distinct character of fine Cabernet wine and pairs it with the brand’s bold bourbon to create a clean, dark fruit and wine-like aromatics, along with an exceptionally complex flavor.

Cabernet Cask Reserve (90 proof/45% ABV) delights whiskey lovers with a smooth and smoky taste of rich oak and vanilla out front, a hint of dark fruit on the backbeat, followed by a clean and smooth finish. While recommended to enjoy neat, consumers are encouraged to enjoy Cabernet Cask Reserve on the rocks or as the key ingredient in a cocktail, such as the Exquisite Harmony.

Created by the co-owners of the Atlanta-based lifestyle brand Whiskey & Rosemary, Erika Moore and Raquel Ravenell specially crafted the Exquisite Harmony cocktail to bring out the complex flavors of the I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve.

Exquisite Harmony Cocktail 

1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve 

1 oz. Honey Syrup 

1.25 oz. Cranberry 

3 Dashes Aromatic Bitters 

3 Dashes Chocolate Bitters 

1 Sprig Rosemary  

Garnish: Dried Grapefruit 

Glassware: Rocks 

Method: Add rosemary to a cocktail shaker and muddle for 7 seconds. Add honey syrup and I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask. Stir until honey dissolves. Add all other ingredients. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain over ice. Garnish with dried grapefruit slice.

“We’re thrilled to be introducing this special spirit from the I.W. Harper portfolio,” said Gustavo Salguero, Senior Brand Manager Irish & North American Whiskeys at Diageo. “Our Innovation, Liquid and Supply teams distilled an exquisite spirit and designed a stunning packaging to continue the legacy of I.W. Harper’s golden era, as we refine our whiskey with a flavorful modern twist.”

This expression’s suggested retail price is $49.99 (750 mL) and will be available for purchase in the U.S. at select retailers.

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