I hjave been tasting the Harper 80 proof and it is anything but bland. I find it full of flavor it reminds me of Wathens it may be that Charles is getting his whiskey for Wathens from Diageo, making this more than a coincidence. I don't know this for sure, but it sure tastes that way to me.
How do you define "Bulk Whiskey"? Wild Turkey 101 is a "Bulk Whiskey" since it is dumped in large batches. So is Old Froester, Very Old Barton, Old Grand Dad, Evan Williams, Old Fitzgerald, W L Weller and many more excellent bourbons. You make "bulk whiskey" sound like it is something bad.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873