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James E. Pepper Decanter Barrel Proof
Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: James Pepper Distilling Co.

Distillery: James Pepper Distilling Co.

Release Date: October 2023

Proof: 105.4

Age: NAS (Website states average age of whiskeys is 5.5 years)

Mashbill: Undisclosed blend of corn, rye, malted barley, and malted rye

Color: Dark Caramel

MSRP: $65 / 750mL (2023)

Apricot, White grape, French vanilla ice cream, Light charred oak

Cinnamon, Golden raisins, Stewed peaches, White grape, Citrus, Light toasted oak

Rye spice, Oak spice, Leather, Dried dark fruits, Cinnamon, Long lasting

Tasting Notes 2:

Toasted oak, walnuts

Oak, dried dark fruits, marzipan

Medium-long with notes of creamy vanilla, citrus peel and nutmeg

About the Product:
The Decanter bottle is a recreation of a historic bottle produced at our distillery in 1945. It was designed to highlight the rich color of the whiskies we produce due to our lower barrel entry proof and use of the finest cooperage.

Unique blends of our oldest stocks & distinct mash bills, consisting of Corn, Rye, Malted Barley & Malted Rye; Aged in new toasted & charred barrels made from Kentucky Oak, air seasoned a minimum of 18-24 months; Water source from the historic distillery well. Distilled & bottled at the historic James E. Pepper Distillery (DSP-KY-5) in Lexington, Kentucky. Average age of whiskies is 5.5 years; bottled straight from the barrel, uncut & unfiltered.

James E. Pepper Barrel Proof Decanter Bourbon is definitely one of the better looking bottles released in 2023 and backs up its looks with substance. The company also doesn’t try to hide the fact that they want you to reuse the bottle as a decanter as it’s right there in the bourbon’s name.

The bourbon is distilled by James Pepper Distilling Co. and contains a blend of their bourbons, which most notably includes their oldest stock. Balancing youth and age in just the right amounts, the bourbon is bright and fruity throughout with just enough age and barrel influence without it coming across as overly grainy. That’s evident right from its nose, as its aroma of apricot, white grape, French vanilla ice cream, and light charred oak is quite effective. The palate is equally pleasing, with strong cinnamon upfront that’s quickly contrasted by a blend of golden raisins, stewed peaches, white grape, citrus, and light toasted oak. The finish is more on the simple side and dominated by rye spice, oak spice, leather, and dried dark fruits, yet still works well contrasting the rest of the sip. Overall, I expect many to thoroughly enjoy its pour and its great looking bottle, which is a throwback to the company’s original 1940s decanter. At $65, this has value written all over it.
Brewery or Distillery:
James E Pepper Distillery
750 mL
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2024-04-02 09:33:16
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