LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Old Pepper ‘Finest Kentucky Oak’ Straight Rye Whiskey has been selected as Best Rye Whiskey at the prestigious 2018 New York World Spirits Competition in a blind tasting, beating out some of the best rye whiskies on the market.

“With the limited release of the Old Pepper ‘F.K.O.’ we are very pleased to share the results of our dedication to innovation and experimentation, producing fine whiskies, and re-establishing ‘The Oldest & Best Brand of Whiskey Made in Kentucky’”, said Amir Peay, proprietor of the Pepper brand and historic distillery in Lexington, KY.  “To see the Pepper name up there in ‘Best of Class’ next to Blanton and Van Winkle is a great feeling that brings a lot of pride to the entire team.”

Old Pepper ‘F.K.O.’ is composed of a straight rye whiskey given a secondary maturation in a heavily toasted and lightly charred new oak barrel made from staves of the ‘Finest Kentucky Oak’.  It is bottled straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, around 110 proof.

Gold Medals were also awarded for the ‘1776’ Straight Rye 100 Proof and ‘1776’ Straight Rye Barrel Proof, while the ‘1776’ Rye Sherry Cask Finish was awarded a Double Gold medal.

About the Pepper Brand & Distillery:

Founded during the American Revolution and distilled over 3 family generations, the Pepper family brand of whiskey is one of the oldest & most iconic brands of whiskey made in Kentucky.  The historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington operated until 1958, when production ceased and both the distillery and brand were abandoned for over 50 years.  After a campaign of extensive historical research, a project began to re-launch the brand and rebuild the distillery.  The brand was relaunched in 2008 and in December of 2017 the iconic distillery, DSP-KY-5, began distilling whiskey once more using historic recipes and locally grown grain.  Located in downtown Lexington, the Pepper Distillery is in the heart of the Distillery District, a revitalized neighborhood and vibrant entertainment district featuring restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and more.

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