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James E. Pepper & Co.

It was in 1780 that Elijah Pepper built his first distillery, in the midst of the American Revolutionary war. After the war ended in 1790, he ventured out and built another distillery in Kentucky, and when the Whiskey Rebellion came about in 1794, Elijah was one of the few able to pay the demanded taxes. In turn, this meant that farmers who could not pay these taxes would give their grain to Elijah to distil. The business ran successfully, and after Elijah’s death in 1838, the distillery was left to his son, Oscar. It was Oscar who built a larger distillery, working with chemist Dr. James C. Crow. ‘Old Pepper’ bourbon grows in popularity, and in 1867, the distillery is passed to James E. Pepper.

James was proud of his continued use of his grandfather’s original Revolutionary-era recipes, naming his whiskey ‘Old 1776’ as a tribute. However, in 1879 financial problems meant that James had to sell the family distillery, though he rebuilt the James E. Pepper distillery soon after, which was the largest bourbon distillery in the US at the time. James E. Pepper passed away in 1906, and before his death he had hidden a reserve of three hundred barrels of whisky at the distillery, for his personal use. The brand managed to survive during Prohibition as it was still sold for medicinal purposes, and the brand continued to thrive after it was repealed.

1958 saw some hard times fall on the brand, and in the 1970s the stocks were sold and the distillery was abandoned. However, in 2008 in a historical moment, Amir Peay acquired the rights to the brand and relaunched it.

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof

70cl, 57.3%

The 1776 whiskey range from James E. Pepper grows with the introduction of the 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof. It's the same whiskey as the fantastic 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey, though…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof
2
$56.21

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%

One of three batches of rye whiskey from James E. Pepper independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, each one finished in a different type of cask. As pointed out by James E. Pepper's…  More info

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$48.64

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Oloroso Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%

Independently bottled rye whiskey from James E. Pepper, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The first three batches from this series have each seen the whiskey finished in different types of…  More info

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Oloroso Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$48.64
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1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 92 Proof

70cl, 46%

Another terrific rye whiskey from James E. Pepper's range, this time bottled at 92 proof (which is 46% ABV for those of us here on this side of the ocean). Makes an excellent Old Fashioned cocktail,…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 92 Proof
$41.39
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1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 100 Proof

70cl, 50%

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey comes from the James E. Pepper brand, a name that has long been known in the American whiskey world, though not as much recently as it was in the early 1900s. Happily, the…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 100 Proof
7
$57.96
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James E. Pepper 4 Year Old - Ale Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%

The third batch of rye whiskey from James E. Pepper which has been bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Just like batch 1 and 2, this whiskey has enjoyed a finishing period in different types…  More info

James E. Pepper 4 Year Old - Ale Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$48.64

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%

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,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$53.04

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 92 Proof

70cl, 46%

Excellent bourbon from the 1776 range, produced by James. E. Pepper. This particular edition comes presented at 92 Proof, or 46% ABV if you're from this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 92 Proof
$41.39

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