James E. Pepper 1776 92 Proof Bourbon Whiskey
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Indiana
  • Distillery Old Pepper
  • Age NAS
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • toffee
  • spicy
  • blackberry
  • jam
  • vanilla
  • biscuit
  • rye
  • oak
  • herbs

James E. Pepper

1776 92 Proof Bourbon Whiskey (0.7l, 46%)

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A lovely high-rye Bourbon that delivers a great balance of smooth and spice.

Between the two wars, there was a man with a vision in Versailles. The two wars were the American Revolution and the War of 1812, this Versailles was in Kentucky, and the visionary in question was Elijah Pepper. He was a Bourbon distiller who passed his family business to his son and grandson. The latter one was James E. Pepper, a colonel, a Bourbon aristocrat, and the creator of the Old Fashioned cocktail. His distillery was a powerhouse until 1958, when the entire industry fell on its knees.

But the Old 1776 Whiskey, a favorite of Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, could not lay in oblivion forever, because good things tend to come back. Amir Peay, an entrepreneur from Georgetown decided to re-found the historic James E. Pepper Distillery and revive the brand. He spent years researching and analyzing the recipes and preserved bottles, and in 2008, the legend was back. 

The majority of the lineup is Rye Whiskey. But they also have a series of high-rye Bourbons. James E. Pepper 1776 92 Proof Bourbon Whiskey utilizes a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley. And it’s bottled at a perfect 46% ABV which always makes us smile. If you are looking for a smooth Bourbon that has the right amount of spicy kick and proof to keep things interesting in your glass and cocktails, this is a winner worth sampling.

  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Indiana
  • Distillery Old Pepper
  • Age NAS
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma leads with a pleasant herbal notes followed by blackberry jam, shortbread biscuits, and vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The first sip delivers the Rye spices — especially cinnamon — along with plenty of oak, brown butter, English toffee, and a plumy note.

Finish
The finish is nice and long with the full palate trailing all the way out.

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  • toffee
  • spicy
  • blackberry
  • jam
  • vanilla
  • biscuit
  • rye
  • oak
  • herbs
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
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