James E. Pepper 4YO Rye – USA
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A supremely tasty rye whiskey aged in a bourbon cask with an ale finish. After the Pepper family closed the distillery back in the 1950s, Amir Peay brought the brand back to life in 2008 and since has revived the distillery in the original buildings.
Set in an old school soda float shop, smartly dressed distillery owner Amir is having his order taken. Against a backdrop of all kinds of sweet treats, he chooses from three barrel shaped soda fountains and for this time, he goes for an ale.
Nose: Subtle sweet notes of buttery pastry, flaked almonds and cola cubes.
Palate: A mix of soft, caramel notes with interjections of orange spices.
Finish: A malty finish with peppery bursts.