James E. Pepper Distillery Zoom tasting with Owner/Operator Amir Peay
Thursday, November 19th
Our Zoom tasting series continues with Amir Peay, owner of the Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The historic distillery was renovated and re-opened in 2017. Amilr will talk about the history of the distillery and their current offerings featuring The Wine and Cheese Place’s single barrel Rye bottling.
Purchase a minimum of one bottle to be included in the zoom tasting
Pick any one of the James Pepper expressions below and we will email you the Zoom invite.
- Old Pepper Straight Rye Whiskey TWCP bottling 107 Proof $44.99
- James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon 100 Proof $27.99
A little info on our guest
Amir Peay, Owner / operator of the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, is a proud steward of the iconic Pepper whiskey brand. Amir started early in the alcohol business with multiple jobs in the restaurant and bar industry. During his he developed a deep appreciation for both American history and Kentucky bourbon, which were furthered by his own family background. On one side of his family his 5th great grandfather, Captain John Cassin, fought in the American Revolution alongside George Washington, and then later co-founded Navy Yard in Washington, DC. On the other side of his family, his roots are traced to Butler County, Kentucky, where the Peay family cemetery remains and his 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Peay, a Civil War veteran, is buried.
These interests led him to discover the lost legacy of the iconic Pepper whiskey brand and distillery, both of which had been abandoned for over 50 years.. He acquired the rights to the brand in 2008 and embarked upon a decade long campaign of historical research and collection of historic materials so so that the brand could be re-launched in a proper fashion. Peay partnered with existing distilleries to relaunch the brand under the James E. Pepper“1776” label, then built it into an award-winning product distributed around the world. The Success of the 1776 label allowed him to build an independent whiskey company, which in turn allowed him to fulfill a years-long mission to rebuild the abandoned and historic James E. PepperDistillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The distillery re-commenced production in December of 2017 using the original bourbon recipe last used at the distillery when it ceased production in1961.