I.W. Harper has added a new bourbon to its range, Cabernet Cask Reserve. The new expression joins the brand’s original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the 15 Year Old expression.
I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey aged for four years in new charred American oak barrels, then finished in California Cabernet Sauvignon casks and bottled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This spirit takes the distinct character of fine Cabernet wine and pairs it with the bold bourbon to create a clean, dark fruit and wine-like aromatics, along with a complex flavor.
Bottled at 45% ABV, Cabernet Cask Reserve delivers smooth and smoky flavors with 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
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.
In celebration of the launch, I.W. Harper is collaborating with Social Studies. The companies will be offering consumers specialty at-home kits with products from diverse creators such as Black and women-owned businesses. Kits include place settings for four with a mix of rentable items such as plates and flatware, as well as keepable items like Estelle Colored Glasses, Ian James napkin rings and coasters and a few treats and cocktail garnishes that complement Cabernet Cask Reserve. This kit will be available for rent from February 15 through March 14 on the Social Studies website for $90 per guest.
“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.”
I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve is priced at $49.99 per 750ml bottle and will be available for purchase in the U.S. at select retailers and Drizly.
For more information, head over to I.W. Harper’s official website.