The same exact whiskey as in the standard, award winning 100 proof version, only straight from the barrel.
— James E. Pepper Distilling Co.


Gold – 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition






COMMENTS: Full flavored; deep notes of spice, mint, cloves, eucalyptus, chocolate and honey.






The Pepper family brand of whiskey is an iconic Kentucky & American whiskey brand produced from the American Revolution through 1958. After going out production for decades, it was relaunched by the Georgetown Trading Co. in 2008. A campaign of thorough historical research and collection of historic materials has been ongoing, and have been used to retell the lost story of this iconic American whiskey brand and to distill new stocks of "Pepper" whiskey (visit the History Page to learn more). To begin the relaunch of this historic brand partnerships with existing distilleries were formed and today the whiskey distilled for the 1776 line of whiskies is made in a collaboration with the historic Lawrenceburg Distillery in Indiana (founded in 1847). It was always a goal to one day build a James E. Pepper distillery and museum in Kentucky, and the dream was to be able to do so at the site of the abandoned historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. In the Spring of 2016, the dream became a reality and news was finally announced that James E. Pepper Whiskey will be renovating & rebuilding the historic James E. Pepper Distillery. Set to open in late 2017, learn more about the distillery project on our Distillery Page.


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