James E. Pepper Old Pepper 10 year old Straight Bourbon (Barrel No. L18V), 56.9%

Price: $120 Issue: Fall 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Sweet confectionary aromas delight the nose with peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, chocolate wafer cookies, peanut shells, and toasted oak. It's bright and lively on the palate, with excellent texture and balance; roasted pecans, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and tobacco leaf. Expressive fruit—grapes, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries—comes to the fore with a few drops of water, and it finishes full and rich, with pepper and baking spices, nutty chocolate, and drying oak.