The Story

The 'Old Pepper' label was proudly produced by Colonel James E. Pepper during his lifetime and marketed as 'The Oldest and Best Brand of Whiskey made in Kentucky.' Through Col. Pepper's advocacy on behalf of the bourbon industry, it was the first label in Kentucky to be bottled at the distillery, and his invention of the 'signature strip stamp' was later incorporated into the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, assuring consumers of the quality of the whiskey in the bottle. Our label today incorporates historic fonts and designs from the 1880s through the turn of the century, including the signature strip label—once again giving consumers valuable information about where and when the whiskey was made and bottled.


Unique blends of distinct mash bills, consisting of Corn, Rye, Malted Barley & Malted Rye; Aged in new toasted & charred barrels made from Kentucky Oak, air seasoned a minimum of 18-24 months; Water source from the historic distillery well. Distilled and bottled at the historic James E. Pepper Distillery (DSP-KY-5) in Lexington, Kentucky. Aged a minimum of 4 years and bottled at 100 proof. Distilling season listed on signature strip label.

Tasting notes: Very drinkable; Rich notes of caramel, vanilla, spices and malt.

'Old Pepper' Line Extensions / Limited Releases: Single Barrels bottled at barrel proof; Finest Kentucky Oak (secondary finish in a new toasted barrel, bottled at barrel proof); NOTE - some limited releases & single barrels have in the past been bottlings of whiskey distilled at other distilleries; details will be on labels.

Awards / Accolades

Double Gold Medal - 2023 New York World Spirits Competition