This whiskey is not very complicated. James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks is just MGP distilled 95/5 rye whiskey that JEP sourced and then finished it for a couple of months in ex-PX Sherry casks. Simple, but still magical; the magic of it all comes in the combination of what these two each bring to the table

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks

MGP rye is well known for its dill-driven spice-heavy nature and bold presence. PX Sherry is known for its heavy dense sweetness and bold nature. Combining the two you end up with a spice bomb of a whiskey that gets balanced out by a dense sugar bomb of a sherry. Two powerhouses combining for the good of our senses.

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Review: Details and Tasting Notes

In James E. Pepper’s Words: James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks

100 Proof – Unfiltered – Finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks. Rich flavor and subtle complexity; notes of dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, fruitcake and rye spice. Limited release

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Details

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks price, ABV, age and other details

Region: Indiana, USA

Distiller: MGP
Bottler: James E Pepper
Mash Bill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak, ex-PX Sherry
Age: 2 Years
ABV: 50%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Batch: PX3

Price: $28*

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Tasting Notes

EYE
Ruddy caramel,

NOSE
Dilly rye, cinnamon, oak, char, cocoa, citrus, tobacco and some dark fruit.

PALATE
Dilly rye, brown sugar, dark fruit, sherry sweet, candied citrus, snickerdoodles and light bits of herbal and leather.

FINISH
Long – Dilly rye, oak, citrus, leather and dark fruit.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great balance, full body and an oily feel.

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in Sherry Casks is a well balanced delicious whiskey with a light aroma.

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Review: OVERALL

The nose of the James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks is a tad light. It’s good, layered and pleasant, but comes across on the lighter side of things while staying rye and spice forward with a sweet kicker. The palate, on the other hand, is where this whiskey sings. It’s heavy, dark and deep with a thick layer of dark PX sherry sweetness balancing the oak and dilly rye spice.

This is a solid sipping rye all around. It’s warming, balanced, multi-faceted and if it had more of a nose it would be the kind of whiskey that would be hard to put down. It’s well crafted, I just wish it was a bit more mature to further round everything out and increase the depth.

SCORE: 86/100 (B)

*Disclosure: This James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Review

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  • Nose - 85
  • Palate - 88
  • Finish - 87
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 87
86.75

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks Review Summary

James E Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in Sherry Casks is a well balanced delicious whiskey with a light aroma.

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