Nose: Zesty citrus, oak-y resin touches, vanilla pod sweetness and a good kick of rye.
Palate: Honey notes open up the palate, giving way to soft vanilla, fruity orange and dark chocolate.
Finish: Very long, with rye bread and cinnamon spice lingering.
The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey ‘Old 1776’. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name, along with Old 1776 became heard from less and less.
But now, the folks at Georgetown Trading Co. have assumed stewardship of the 1776 brand and proudly brought it back to the spotlight. After plenty of research into the whiskey from years past, including recipes and actual bottles from pre, mid and post Prohibition days, they have relaunched the 1776, starting with this straight bourbon, made with a mash-bill that features over 38% rye and bottled at 50% ABV.
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