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james e pepper 1776 rye......

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james e pepper 1776 rye......

charles_sills | | Jan 2, 2013 08:56 PM

has anyone had this? i just picked it up in the liquor store for about 30 bucks in ohio. i have to say, i am not digging it at all.
opened the bottle, smelled it, smelled good. took a little nip. def. had the familiar burn and a bit of peppery bite that i expect from a good rye. but, i dont know, it tasted like rye flavor vodka? is it just not aged very much, or what?
next, had it in my favorite drink; the manhattan. i always do 2 ounces rye, .5 ounce sweet vermouth, 3-4 dashes bitters. stired for 45 seconds. served up. it tasted like water, some alcohol burn, and vermouth. what?
and i just made an old fashioned with it. sugar cube, 4 dashes bitters, splash of water, 2 ounces rye. again, it tastes like water, sugar, and bitters, with an alcohol burn......... what is going on? have others had this? what are your opinions? 30 bucks is quite alot for me to spend, generally i spend 22 bucks on bulliet rye, bulliet bourbon, or buffalo trace bourbon. sometimes i get old overholt rye, and quite like it. when i have a few extra bucks, i splurge for russels reserve rye. and i LOVE that. am i the only one that thinks this 1776 rye is terrible???

i think i will just relegate this to drinking with coke. ehhhh.

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