Just bumping this thread and trying to obtain a coherent overview of Harper.
Koji describes various brands available in Japan 4 years ago.
i) are all these still available in Japan? (Ed, feel free to reply since I am not sure how often Koji looks in to the board)
ii) if not, which are the brands of Harper currently available in Japan?
iii) who made the ones available in 2002 in Japan?
iv) who makes the ones available in Japan today?
v) UDV/Diageo sold Bernheim in about '96 to Heaven Hill. Does this mean all Harper on the market today was made before the sale? Presumably any 12 and 15 year old Harper on the market (anywhere) today was made by UDV/Diageo, but what of the younger whiskeys? Does HH (or someone else) make it under the Harper label (i.e., did HH or another company buy the Harper label when the plant was sold? This would seem unlikely because Chuck said recently HH makes only one rye-recipe bourbon and I doubt they would fill current Harper bottles with that. If as I think is the case Diageo still owns the label, who makes the whiskey for them (unless all current inventory is pre-plant sale stock)?
I guess I am looking for a synthesis of the older threads to understand the I.W. Harper picture and whether taste changes can be noted as a result of different plants making the brand.