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I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve, Egan's Legacy Reserve IV, & More [New Releases]

I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve, Egan's Legacy Reserve IV, & More [New Releases]

February 18, 2022 –––––– David Fleming, , , ,

In this week's new releases, cask-finished whiskeys lead the pack, with a California cabernet cask-finished bourbon from I.W. Harper, and two such whiskeys from Irish company Egan's, one a single malt finished in Moscatel de Valencia casks, and the other a blended whiskey finished in cognac casks. Texas-based Del Bac is also back with the latest edition of its Distiller's Cut, while Portland, Oregon's Eastside Distilling debuts a new, Maraschino cherry-flavored whiskey. Read on for full details.

I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve

Style: Bourbon

Origin: Kentucky

Age: 4 year old

ABV: 45%

Price: $50

Release: February 2022

Availability: Widely

Need to know:

This 4 year old Kentucky straight bourbon is aged in new charred American oak before, finished in California cabernet sauvignon casks, and bottled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This expression joins the I.W. Harper lineup that includes its straight bourbon and 15 year old straight bourbon.

Whisky Advocate says:

Introduced in the 1870s, I.W. Harper was created by I.W. Bernheim and produced at Bernheim Bros. Distillery. Through the years the label inspired a clothing line and was popular on international cruise lines. In the 1990s, when the popularity of whisky declined, I.W. Harper ceased distribution in the U.S., focusing on Asia—and Japan in particular, where it became wildly popular. In 2015, it relaunched in the U.S.

Egan's Legacy Reserve IV

Style: Single malt

Origin: Ireland

Age: 18 year old

ABV: 46%

Price: $200

Release: February 2022

Availability: Limited

Need to know:

This single malt was first matured in bourbon barrels and then finished in Moscatel de Valencia casks. Only 1,000 bottles are available.

Egan's Conviction

Style: Blended whiskey

Origin: Ireland

Age: 10 year old

ABV: 46%

Price: $100

Release: February 2022

Availability: Widely available

Need to know:

Conviction is a blend of single malt and single grain whiskeys that was finished in cognac casks.

Whisky Advocate says:

Egan's Irish Whiskey, based near Tullamore, Ireland, is a 19th -century company revived by the descendants of founder Patrick Egan Sr. The company uses sourced whisky for its releases. With this fourth release of Legacy Reserve, Egan's concludes the series, which highlights aged single malts in a variety of specialty cask finishes. Conviction, meanwhile, is a permanent addition to the Egan's lineup, joining another blended whiskey, Centenary, as well as single malt and single grain expressions.

Whiskey Del Bac 2022 Spring Distiller's Cut

Style: American Single Malt

Origin: Arizona

Age: Not Stated

ABV: 55.5%

Price: $90

Release: February 2022

Availability: Arizona only

Need to know:

The spring 2022 edition of Distiller's Cut uses Whiskey Del Bac's flagship whiskey, Classic, as its base. It is then aged for 1 year in new American white oak, and finished for 7 months in armagnacbarrels.

Whisky Advocate says:

Whiskey Del Bac is made by Tucson, Arizona-based Hamilton Distillers, known for its mesquite-smoked whiskeys that offer flavors of the southwest. Del Bac's previous Distiller's Cut releases scored ratings of 89 and 91 points last year, while its Dorado has found itself on our list of distinctive American Single Malts to try now.

Eastside Distilling Maraschino Cherry

Style: Flavored whiskey

Origin: Oregon

Age: Not stated

ABV: 30%

Price: $40

Release: February 14, 2022

Availability: At the distillery and throughout Oregon, with distribution expanding to California, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas later this year

Need to know:

This is the second flavored release from Portland, Oregon-based Eastside Distilling, which last fall unveiled its Marionberry Whiskey. While Marionberry's flavoring came from Oregon's native Marionberry, this expression is flavored with Luxardo cherry liqueur. It's also pricier than Marionberry, whose retail price is $29.

Whisky Advocate says:

Technically these are not whiskeys, of course, as they fall below the required 40% ABV threshold. Eastside recommends this release as a cocktail component, which tends to be the best use for these flavored expressions, though some people like to sip them neat with ice. Both Beam and, more recently Jameson, have come out with similar flavored releases for this purpose.

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