Review: I.W. Harper Gold Medal (5 year, 86 proof) 1960’s

I.W. Harper is one of the growing number of once loved, then forgotten, then resurrected products of the past.  However, unlike many other bourbon brands, there is a linear connection between that past and present.

I.W. Harper
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10-Year Wheated Bourbon Showdown: Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10-year vs. Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year

Wheated Bourbon

First, just the facts.

The Rebel Yell brand name is owned by the Luxco company out of St. Louis, Missouri, but is currently produced under agreement with Heaven Hill at the Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Old Rip Van Winkle brand name is owned by the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery company, but is currently produced under a joint venture agreement with Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

While not obvious by either brand name, these two whiskeys share a common and storied history.

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