"An experiment that is very interesting, but requires in my opinion a better balance between the rye and the ale influence, another try(e) perhaps?"
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That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler, somewhat related to Masters of Malt I think, that is famous for its awkward and funny graphics depicting the distilleries that produced the contents of their bottlings. They are known to bottle not only single malts from Scotland, but also from other countries, along with other spirits including bourbon, rye, gin, and recently rum. Regrading rye, they have already released unique independent bottlings from various young distilleries, to which three recent bottlings from James E. Pepper have been added We will start with the latest, which was finished in ale cask, which could be ale from the same distillery. The rye, however, must be sourced from another (probably MGPI), since the James E. Pepper distillery has only been distilling whisky since 2017, while this release was matured for 4 years.
Initially very spicy with lots of pepper, which turns into a slightly sweet rye. Notes of hop, sweet potato, fruity sweets and sweet beer. I am not that into beers, but it is reminiscent of some of the sweeter Belgian beers that I have tasted, or some of the fruited beers. The ale resonates very good with the rye. I also get roasted cereals and a hint of sweet liquorice. All in all it is slightly strange, but nicely so. So far the experiments seems a good idea.
On the palate also a fruity style of rye, even fruitier than the nose. Hints of raspberries and strawberries. Autumnal bock beer. It clearly tastes young, and very beer-y, or should I say ale-y, and not that complex. There is much ale in the finish, where it seems that the rye is overpowered by the ale cask influence. It is slightly bitter in the finish.
An experiment that is very interesting, but requires in my opinion a better balance between the rye and the ale influence. An experiments needs to be repeated at least three times for statistical purposes, right? What is sure is that the people that are running James E. Pepper distillery are not afraid of preparing things differently.
Big thanks to for the sample!
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •