James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye PX Sherry Finish, 50%

Price: $50 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

Cherry cola, sassafras, and root beer barrels meet sweet vanilla and roasted coffee aromas. The lavish oak almost feels double barreled, or small barreled, with its bounty of spiced flavors—cinnamon, nutmeg, mincemeat, and spiced poached pears. The finish deals more oak, laden with dark chocolate. Nicely executed, with some youth perhaps cloaked in there.