James E. Pepper Barrel Proof

James E Pepper

Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP / James Pepper

Region: America

57.3% ABV

Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% malted barley

Aged For: 2 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Strong herbal overtone with rye spice and underlying dill, very alcohol forward

Mouthfeel: Hot and oily

Palate/Taste: Herb blast with a strong sour vegetal taste. Pepper, oak, mint, and turpentine.

Finish: Medium length and hot, with peppers, dill, earthy rye, and eucalyptus.

Thoughts: It was overwhelming hot and herbal for my palate, it reminds me of an unrefined HW Double Rye (with good reason) and I’m not a fan.

Score: 67 out of 100

 

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