American Whiskey - Rye

James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Straight Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

Bottle/Rating Data

  • Proof66 Rating : 538 / 8633James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Straight Whiskey
    Rabble Rating : 2.7 / 5.0
    Producer and Owner: Strong Spirits
    ABV: 50.0% Proof: 100.0
    Price (USD) : $30
    Age: N/A

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

Wine Enthusiast

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Proof66 Notes

The James E Pepper 1776 Straight Rye is a re-enactment of their "bottled-in-bond" brand, which indicates that it's bottled at 100 proof. The mash bill is said to be "greater than 90%" rye, with the balance likely in corn or barley. They suggest looking for notes of clove, spice, chocolate, and honey.

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Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
ducktapeguy8 ducktapeguy8 (10)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-02-20)
Its okay. Slightly off
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BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-01-15)
A new one at my local store. Bought it purely out of curiosity. Light straw color in the glass. The nose was a puzzler for me. There was a note there that I kept trying over and over to place. It was almost a wood polish or shellac note. Then...light bulb! Dill Pickle! I've finally found the pickle note that other reviewers keep mentioning in their rye reviews. LDI was the supposed source of most of those, but this one lists Corsair as the producer? Neat it has a very light sweetness, more dill and a short sharp, hot and peppery finish. Made a very good Old-Fashioned. At $35 I probably won't buy again (too many other good ryes now in the mid 20's) but might pick it up again if I see it on sale. I'm waffling between a 3 & 4, but think I'll round up since I think the other review on this one is a little harsh.
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Tasteful Tippler Tasteful Tippler (1)
Rating: 1.0 (2015-02-03)
This is the worst Rye I've had. Hot, overbearing with no subtlety. Tastes poorly made and maybe in need of further rectification.
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