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James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Overall rating
82.96/100
votes
96
Category
Bourbon
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100 Proof
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0852669331779
Added on
08 Jan 2015 7:20 am by BottleBox
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 40.82

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Whisky Reviews for James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.96 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Another bourbon sample from the specialist.
    He claims this is a good one, so good he is sad to see the bottle gone. Still he had the heart to spare a sample :-)
    Let's see if we agree.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At 50% the nose is surprisingly mellow.
      Clearly a bourbon, vanilla, sweet but not overly loaded.
      Then it gets a little unusual.
      Ricola herb drops. And, I know it sounds strange: pool side, or sun tan lotion and a slight menthol note that I for some reason associate with pool water.
      Drizzle on a pinch of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Ah, very unusual, in a good way.
      Arrives with a little dryness, and a nice spicy punch.
      I actually get quite a bit of cinnamon, with the dryness it's like a small spoonful.
      Pepper, nutmeg, licorice.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The licorice survives into the finish, and it gets really sticky.
      Lasts for ages.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A bourbon that is very different. Great interaction between nose and palate. After the nose one expects a completely different taste. The finish is not just a pappige sweetness back, but a round thing of vanilla and oak.
    Very nice.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Strong herbal note. Spicy: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper. Oak, a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The start is expected strong and delivers a potpourri of caramel candy, toffee, malt and vanilla. Distant swing the spices from the nose, but are not nearly as strong as when Verriechen. Pleasantly sweet, not sticky.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the medium-long finish, vanilla and oak are dominant. Some pepper slides after, but only for a moment, then he is gone again.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A straight bourbon with an impressive 50% vol. is not off the shelf. An extraordinary dram with a high recognition value in red copper awaits in the glass.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is initially rather reserved, with gentle notes of sandalwood, apricots and mirabelle plums. A little honey and vanilla as well as spices are noticeable, but everything is very gentle. Inevitably, a cooked compote with vanilla and cinnamon comes to mind.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the palate, first of all, oily vanilla and fruit flavors, then a clear sharpness with cooling mint and white pepper. A fresh acidity can also be felt, almost like a Sauvignon Blanc. Herbal notes, oregano, thyme and plum marzipan come through quite strongly. There is a lot to discover.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the finish, rather short to medium-long, there is still fruity sweetness on the palate, which then gradually turns into an astringent dryness with a lot of fresh mint and finally leaves fruit and heather honey.

  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I was struggling to pick a bourbon I've never tried and I found this at the back of the shelf. It's a decent price and a great bourbon if you are a bourbon drinker. Sad to see it go.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of Oak and vanilla which is always a good start. Banana, blood orange, cinnamon but not too much as it's a spoiler for me. Peach and sarsaparilla. A good bourbon nose is as good as anything and this is one of them. With a few drops of water it softens it, makes it more light and floral.
    • Taste
      90 90
      At 50% alc vol this is quite palatable and I have drank nearly all of it straight. The Oak and vanilla transfer nicely. Just a little dry delivery and it fits nicely with the liquorice notes. Again the cinnamon is there and like the nose it is just enough. There is a burn when you take a drink but it is a really nice burn, probably one of the best things about it, it really wraps itself around those taste buds and doesn't let go. With water it takes away the burn and makes it quite normal which is a bad thing for me.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long and really satisfying, like Fellini's 8 1/2 . It starts off strong with the Oak and vanilla and that's the way it finishes. With water it is more medium and fruity.

  7. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Very sweet it is, almost sticky sweet, many fruits, a colorful fruit basket: apple, quince, pear, sweet cherries ... marzipan
    • Taste
      In the mouth still clear on the fruity side, but the fruits are sour. Unfortunately he is a bit spicy in places. Like it better in the mouth than in the nose, there's some vanilla added.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite easy and is reasonably short, characterized by the sour fruit.

  8. WSP scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I think this is a good example of an old-fashioned bourbon. I presume that, because I never really had old bourbons, but it just has most of the features you would expect from a bourbon. It might be slightly overpriced, compared to others with a similar profile.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The first impression is that of a typical bourbon with spicy caramel, wood spices, lovely pine resin, and winter spices including aniseed and pepper. A good balance with a clear spicy side. I also get burned caramel, liquorice, and a hint of blackberries after giving some time to ope. Maybe slightly simple.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The spices rule the palate. Aniseed, liquorice, and it becomes more balance between the sweet and spicy counterweights. Not too much wood on the palate, which is good, and sweet corn and pepper.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A rather short aftertaste with caramel, cinnamon, pine trees and black berries.

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