Classification: Straight Rye
Company: James Pepper Distilling Co.
Distillery: James Pepper Distilling Co.
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: NAS (Aged at least 4 years per TTB regulations)
Mashbill: Undisclosed blend of two rye mashbills:
RW Rye: 95% Raw Rye, 5% Malted Rye
PM Rye: 100% Malted Rye
Color: Light Bronze
MSRP: $55 / 750mL (2024)
Summer fruits | Faint bubble gum | Rye grain | Oak | Vanilla taffy | Sweet overall
Vanilla spice | Dry oak | Rye spice | Peppercorn mix | Faint bubble gum | Fleeting caramel | Light chai spice
Rye spice | Dry oak | Leather | Green peppercorn spice | Light vanilla powder | Dry
Combining fruity notes with a variety of spices, Old Pepper Rye Bottled in Bond produces a sip that’s hard to hate and will please most who try it.
The Old Pepper Distillery is rich with history. Assigned DSP-KY-5, its roots date back to 1780, when the distillery was first established. James E. Pepper was a third-generation distiller and operated the distillery until 1906, when he passed away. In 1958, the distillery fell on hard times and shut down. In 2008, Amir Peay of Georgetown Trading Co. acquired rights to the brand and began efforts to bring it back to life. Up until recently, their whiskeys have been sourced from MGP in Indiana, but the company has recently started to transition to its own distillate.
Leaning on its 100% rye grain mashbill, Old Pepper Rye Bottled in Bond delivers plenty of spices, however, they’re layered in with a surprising supporting cast of flavors throughout. The sip opens with sweet scents that mask the spicier depths the rye holds within. The midpoint brings about a variety of layered spices, including vanilla spice and light chai spice, along with a touch of faint bubble gum to add intrigue. Ending on more traditional rye notes of spice, oak, and leather, the finish is dry with a nice proportioned amount of spice. This is an enjoyable bottled in bond whiskey that provides captivating fruit flavors along with just enough traditional flavors to please just about anyone who tries it.
The bottle in review comes from batch S2019.