James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey

James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 50%)


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$31.99
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Revolutionary aristocrat brought back to life.

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 1776 Straight Bourbonis made from corn, malted barley and rye, mixed carefully in the ratios written down in a letter by Pepper himself. After they distil the Bourbon, they put it in virgin American oak casks and age it for at least five years. When one opens this precious bottle, hits of vanilla and caramel come through, accompanied by the notes of oak and spices. Peay used traditional methods championed by Pepper while restoring this Bourbon, which brought him a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013. And rightfully so.
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
    James E. Pepper & Co.
  • Age
    NAS

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caramel
spicy rye
spicy
vanilla
honey
chocolate
clove
sweet
oak
What does James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel, toffee and vanilla. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich bourbon sweetness, spicy rye, vanilla, honey, cloves and notes of chocolate. 

Finish
Oak and spice.

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Ratings & Reviews
guest
guest,
Typically not a fan of a rye but was glad I tried this one. Is smooth and sweet with just the right amount of spice. It did not hang around on the pallet as I expected of a bourbon with a higher alcohol content typically does. Was well worth the buy.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Still smooth like a Bourbon should be but with a slightly harsher kick, most likely from the additional ABV... 50% is higher than most Bourbons. It goes incredibly well in Coffee if you're looking to mix
 
David
David,
Really smooth rich finish, in the realm of a honey or molasses.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Loved the taste profile, good bite to it but still great to sip on. So glad I added this to my collection
 
guest
guest,
Solid rye whiskey but very alcohol forward. It’s great mixed and solid neat. Worth a buy.
 
Renee
Renee,
I liked it for a bourbon. Not too sweet.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Great value for an everyday bourbon
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Better than expected for the price - pronounced spicy rye and sweet vanilla flavors, with a fairly rich mouth feel. A tasty high rye bourbon!
 
Deven
Deven,
A nice balance of sweet and spicy. Good value for the money, definitely worth the price.
 
Mark
Mark,
Not quite up to Wild Turkey Rare Breed which is my favorite, but close. (And $10.00 cheaper)
 
Carmen
Carmen,
Strong but nice
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Very smooth. Can’t be beat for the price.
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Very smooth. But strong alcohol taste on first slip. Went down and Girl approved!
 
Warren
Warren,
Sweet and spicy. 100 proof with a chocolate finish. After my first pour, I was impressed, it was delicious, and for the price I felt I got a great deal. The second pour was still good, but by the third pour it was too sweet. If you're only planning on having one drink at the end of the day, I would recommend it. If you're planning on having a few, you may want to go with something else. For the price, it's a great addition to any collection.
 
ARIEL
ARIEL,
It has a decent amount of rye spice, vanilla, with and a sweet chocolate finish
 
James
James,
I found this a bit harsh on first taste, but it is 100 proof. Put on ice and a dash of club soda, I found it quite delightful.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Smooth with a hint of rye, vanilla and chocolate. A great finish.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Smooth with just enough sweetness for soothing at the end of the day.
 
Justin
Justin,
A hard hit of rye spice, vanilla, and a sweet chocolate finish. Great for the price.
 
Travis
Travis,
Very smooth, fantastic drink.......right price too!
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
One of my favorite daily bourbons. Great neat, very nice in a cocktail. Consistent, full mouthfeel.
 
Steve
Steve,
I loved this bourbon. Warm, full mouthfeel and a perfectly satisfying sweetness. For the price, this is my new go-to. When I can find it!
 
Mike
Mike,
Getting harder to find a good $30 Bourbon. Mission accomplished! This is the fourth different James E Pepper I’ve bought and I am yet to be disappointed. Vanilla oak caramel and spice it tastes like a good distillery smells
 
Chris
Chris,
Sweet but not too sweet. Smooth. Very drinkable. Might make this my go-to bourbon from now on.
 
Lester
Lester,
Smooth
 
Christopher
Christopher,
This is amazing
 
guest
guest,
Strong but romantic.
 
James
James,
Loved this. Smacks you in the face on the front side and then walks way quietly with an amazing finish and a slow warmth on the tongue a full minute after the sip.
 
Kimberly
Kimberly,
Smooth.
 
Alex
Alex,
Fantastic flavor!
 
Logan
Logan,
Smooth and delicious
 
Matthew
Matthew,
It was tasty, a bit stouter than expected, but tasty. If you can’t handle it neat try it I am old fashioned.
 
Brian
Brian,
Very strong after-taste, that is not enjoyable.
 
Willie
Willie,
I bought this as a gift to my brother who is a spirits connoisseur and he couldn't stop thanking me for selecting such an excellent spirit for him to imbibe. That let me know that if you want to get the party started right, THIS is how you do it!
 
M
M,
Spicy
 
Stan
Stan,
Smooth to sip ! Great buy !
 
Niko
Niko,
There is a bite to it but once you get past that there is also some fine notes hidden there. It's like that old grumpy man next door cussing and cursing at you as go by his porch almost stepping on his lawn but the same night he is watering his roses at the backyard.
 
Mikiko
Mikiko,
Don’t let this bourbon’s high proof scare you. For a young bourbon it has a smooth finish. Not too much depth but very impressive for the price. Can’t wait to try the rye next!
 
Max
Max,
This is a nicely smooth, spicy bourbon. Sweet, heavy caramel on the tongue with a spicy clean finish.
 
guest
guest,
Good
 
Chris
Chris,
I fell in love with this bourbon after my first tase, it didn’t last long st a bourbon tasting night with my brothers. A must have for any bourbon lover
 
Adam
Adam,
Smooth and tasty, its 100 proof, but don't be a sissy this is amazing stuff.
 
Karen
Karen,
I love this so much! I am not a huge fan of most Whiskey but my husband gave me a drink of a sample that we had and I was amazed at how smooth. I get the caramel more than anything and would definitely buy again and again!
 
Steven
Steven,
Tried the Rye Whiskey by 1776 and couldn't wait to try the Bourbon. I was a bit let down. I think this will work as a mixer bourbon, but not something I'd drink neat. It's not as smooth as I'd like, and there's less caramel note than what I was lead to believe.
 
Chance
Chance,
TONS of flavor, it's not not very easy going down.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Solid bourbon, not real complex, but smooth and very forward flavor. Will try it in cocktails, but do enjoy it neat.
 
NEIL
NEIL,
Very fond of this particular brand
 
NEIL
NEIL,
Nice bourbon. Solid on it's own but normally used for cocktails for which it is excellent
 
Martin
Martin,
solid especially at this price point, would purchase again, nice flavor but a bit of a bite, adding over ice seemed to make it smoother than straight.
 
Steven
Steven,
I had the rye and loved it, so I purchased their Bourbon Whiskey thinking I'd love it because I love bourbon. It wasn't as smooth as I was anticipating, and the notes weren't as sweet as the spiral indicates. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Sticking with my Blanton's.
 
Victor
Victor,
Extremely good spirit. Heavy notes of sweet caramel and spicy rye. Very smooth finish.
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Hot, short finish, long burn
 
Ivan
Ivan,
Super spicy, which I usually like but it doesn't sit on ur tongue as smoothly as others. I would like it better if it was a bit sweeter. It's 100 proof so it is strong. Take ur time, I added one ice cube, helped a lot.
 
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