James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Whiskey Review

1776 rye


Nothing at whiskey on the house tickles our pickles quite like good ol’ patriotic American history. James E. Pepper first started selling his brand of whiskey (named after himself James E. Pepper) in 1890 but his skills were inherited from his grandfather Elijah Pepper who started distilling in America in 1776. The brand has since been sold and distillery moved but the new owners ‘Georgetown Trading Company’ have done careful and extensive research to recreate the old legendary whiskies in accordance to the old recipes.

How to Drink It

The 1776 Rye is full of spiciness and flavor due to the high rye content. Because the flavor profile packs such a punch is goes great in mixed drinks. It also strong enough to drink without worrying about the flavor getting watered down.

I would say that drinking full strempf is a a bit iffy. If you are used to drinking it straight and like a good strong bite than its definitely for you. If you struggle with strong whiskies than id stick to it on the rocks or mixed.

A shot of this stuff is going to be rough on almost anyone, its has a real harsh bite. But hey, unless you want the Sons of Liberty to think you’re a huge puss you should at least take one.


With over 90% Rye the flavor profile in James E. Pepper 1776 Rye is downright patriotic. With one sip the abundance of spiciness rushes the mind with thoughts of our founding fathers and is sure to extract tears of freedom from your eyeballs.

This whiskey is a bit on the harsh side, but is accompanied by the rich flavor and the higher alcohol content (50%) to make it work. If you don’t have too much whiskey drinking experience than the harshness may be a bit much for you

Wrap Up

If you like the pure taste of liberty in your alcoholic beverage than James E. Pepper 1776 Rye is for you. If you’re a fan of spicy, flavorful whiskey than James E. Pepper 1776 Rye is for you. If you’re a gassy, freedom hating Brit, than Twinings Tea is for you.

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