James E. Pepper Batch 1 TBWC

"It is a lot of sherry for a sherry and I am not sure if sherry and rye are a good combination, something about too many spices perhaps, another try?"

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Another release from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this time rye spirit that received a finish in casks that previously contained Oloroso sherry. Just like the other two James E. Pepper releases from TBWC, the graphic depicts James E. Pepper Distillery owner Amir Peay in what appears to be a 1950s restaurant, apparently a soda float shop, where he chooses from three barrel-shaped soda fountains, pointing at a different barrel each time. While using Oloroso sherry casks in Scotland is common practice, we do not see it too often in rye (or bourbon). So we’ll see if the rye can take the sherry on.

Nose

We could have expected it, but we have here sherry. Then lots more of this brown liquid. We are still searching for any rye, but  if i search really hard, maybe I can find a few spices. I would say red peppers. It is a good sherry cask, with lots of raisins, dried figs and honey, but I really a good rye nose…

Taste

Sherry forward, again, but I also find some dark ale, pepper, clove, and roasted cereals. The palate is more to my liking compared to the nose, but still too much sherry. Cinnamon cake, honey, and burned caramel in the finish.

Overall

You might have guessed, but it is a lot of sherry for a sherry. I am not sure if sherry and rye are a good combination. Something about too many spices perhaps. I don’t know, maybe somebody succeeds in finding a proper balance.

What others say

Whiskybase: 86.00 (1 vote)
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Big thanks to for the sample!

Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
80%
Peat/smoke
2%
  • Sherry
  • Sherry
  • A few rye spices
Nose 81%
Taste 84%
Balance 78%
Depth 82%
Finish 83%
Score