Second day of Advent is James E Pepper 3y Batch 1 Oloroso Cask Finished American Rye. If I do one of these every two weeks it will take 11 months to review them all. Might need a better strategy next year.
This 3y is probably an experimental version of one of these two 100 proof American Ryes, likely the second, which may be the same as the first whiskey with a different finish. Who knows! The Boutiquey bottles are probably all weird ends-of and un-blended delete bin finder stuff. Exactly what whisky nerds would want to try.
I tasted this one by myself one very cold December evening. It did a good job warming me up, here’s what I thought:
nose – cherry wine, grain husk, walnut
neat – spiced leather, smoke, firepit, salted meat
finish – burn, heat, smoke
splash – easier, still sharp, smoke is narrowed
overall – 7/10
James E Pepper 3y Batch 1 Oloroso Cask American Rye – 50% 30ml – $ – Kentucky
Try it? Yes. Buy it? Yes.