The Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky was initially built in 1880 by Colonel James E. Pepper. At the time, it was said to be the largest and most technologically advanced distillery in the nation. It was there that Col. Pepper produced his famous high-grade whiskey, of which he was a flamboyant promoter. Indeed, legend has it that the Old Fashioned cocktail was invented in his honor, which he subsequently introduced to the world during his frequent stays in New York City. The distillery operated until 1967, when both it and the brand were abandoned for over 50 years. After a decade of historical research and renovation, the brand was relaunched and the distillery was rebuilt – filling its first barrel in 2017.
The barrels selected for our Old Pepper label were carefully chosen from our finest stocks and hand bottled at the historic distillery. Some were carefully selected from other distilleries to help us relaunch the brand while our own stock ages. For this limited bottling, we are proud to offer a fine selection from one of those other distilleries of a 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, bottled straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered.