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Fall brings special whiskey release, new tour at James E. Pepper Distillery

(Jan Hanus)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As the air becomes crisp and we bid summer a fond farewell, the folks at the James E. Pepper distillery are excited for the release of the critically acclaimed Old Pepper “Finest Kentucky Oak” Rye Whiskey.

Along with the arrival of this limited supply, award-winning whiskey, the distillery is also launching a new tour for regulars and newcomers in search of a different kind of distillery experience. Whether it’s your first visit to the distillery or you’re back for more, there is always something new to explore and taste.

Old Pepper “FKO” Rye Whiskey has received many accolades, including being named the 2018 Best Rye Whiskey in the World by the New York World Spirits Competition. Starting Oct. 5, visitors to the distillery will have the opportunity to sample and purchase this whiskey, which is only available in the gift shop and select U.S. markets. This is a limited release and supplies will go fast.

“We are always excited to have the Old Pepper “FKO” Rye available,” said distillery owner, Amir Peay. “We are very selective in the whiskey we use for this product and proud of the recognition it has received. I think this fall release will make our fans very happy.”

While you are at the distillery picking up the latest Old Pepper “FKO” Rye be sure to check out the new Copper & Cocktails tour. It is an after hours look at the distillery that gives guest a great taste of what Pepper is all about.

The original James E. Pepper Distillery tour has been a top-rated attraction on TripAdvisor and Google since its launch more than a year ago. The new Copper & Cocktails tour will take a different approach from the original and focus on the museum and stillroom. The tour will be offered at 5 and 6 p.m. Wednesday – Friday. As part of the Copper and Cocktails experience, guest will receive a special sampling of 1776 Bourbon and Rye Whiskey and an Old-Fashioned Cocktail to conclude the tour. This is a perfect opportunity for guests to get a look at the distillery after normal peak hours and taste the award-winning Pepper whiskies, while also sampling the legacy that is James E. Pepper.

“We have such a long and interesting story to tell, as well as great whiskey to taste. We thought it made sense to give our guests some tour options,” said Marjorie Amon, visitor center manager. “We also wanted to offer our guests the opportunity for a unique evening experience.”

Guests can book the new Copper & Cocktails Tour online by visiting www.jamesepepper.com/tours. The cost is $20 for the 30-minute tour and drinks and visitors must be 21 years of age to participate.