James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey

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Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
PX Sherry Casks
Sherry Cask Finish
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
100 Proof
Added on
02 May 2020 8:56 am by maltaholic

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€ 51.04

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Whisky Reviews for James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.06 points

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    with water: the nose becomes sweeter, the same applies to taste and finish

    Conclusion: very interesting, but in the Fiish it is almost uncomfortably sweet to me, a spicy oak part is missing, which affects it, but otherwise a great experiment
    • Nose
      86 86
      very interesting combination of the sweet grape notes and the spicy rye notes. It needs some time in the glass, at first it is quite young, a little bit bubbly and alcohol-heavy, that settles after a while, it gets sweeter and sweeter in the nose, the balance between rye and PX is right, maybe you could have taken a little less PX, Vanilla, dried herbs, cookie dough, fermented grapes, plums
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet start with PX flavors (grapes, plums), almost a bit like a sweet Cohnag, then the spice of the rye is added, a little pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      also here the very nice combination of PX and Rye, almost uncomfortably cute at the back

  2. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a perfect malt, rye and px could be married better to form a unity in taste, but good enough to be a fun sipper. Generally sherry and rye seem to go well together (another example being Glina Rye with sherry finish). Maybe a bit young and for sweet tooths, I wonder how Oloroso would fare with rye instead.
    Update: Becomes more harmoneous over time but 1st half dominated by px flavors + sweetness, 2nd half by rye spiciness. Still 85 p. overall for me. Works well with medium strong cigar e.g. Rocky Patel.

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. JungleDram scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A strong sherry finish was put on a relatively insignificant rye. In the world of Scottish whiskey, the procedure is quite often an indicator of "weaker" bottlings and so it also appears with this rye. The finish comes to the fore and everything that remains of the rye itself is a strong spice and a pungent note of alcohol. All in all an interesting experiment, but the finish really doesn't do anything for this rye. I think a slightly longer finish in less active barrels, combined with a better rye, might give better results.

  5. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07-30-2020

  6. Jimmington scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A wonderful new creation. The sweetness of the light PX finish rounds out the already fairly smooth character of this whiskey.
    It has a lot of spice and fruity flavours, a rich, full bodied flavour.
    More american whiskey with sherry finishes are definitely welcome!


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