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Monday, October 16, 2023

OHLQ Announces Old Pepper Single Barrel Rye - Picked by Me!!!

The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) has announced the availability of seven (7) barrels worth of Old Pepper Single Barrel Rye, hitting shelves this week (Week of October 16th) for a price of $59.99 + tax. As you may know, I was asked to help select the barrels for this release so if you have any complains, I am the one to blame. 

The seven barrels are:
  • Barrel #1901 - 112.8 Proof (56.4% alcohol) - A delightful bouquet of spices fills the nose as vanilla and charred oak flavors dance across the palate, finishing with perfect balance.

  • Barrel #1902 - 118.8 Proof (59.4% alcohol) - An aroma of sun-kissed summer haystacks envelopes the senses, entwined with hints of spice and sweet honey, and finishing with warm, fresh banana bread.

  • Barrel #1903 - 108.2 Proof (54.1% alcohol) - The essence of spearmint enters the nose with soft notes of butter, while the aromas of fresh baked goods evolve into spun sugar flavors and ease into a long finish.

  • Barrel #1904 - 115.2 Proof (57.6% alcohol) - Oak and freshly crafted leather greet the nose, while funnel cake and dusted sugar flavors delight the palate with a finish that lingers like the essence of summer.

  • Barrel #1905 - 117.6 Proof (58.8% alcohol) - The gentle and complex aroma of rich baking spices pairs with the nostalgic tastes of Sunday dinner, such as smoked ham, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls, to leave a satisfyingly savory finish.

  • Barrel #1906 - 117.8 Proof (58.9% alcohol) - A curated blend of spices paired with oak reveals the delicate warmth of cinnamon candy and toasted marshmallow to please the palate.

  • Barrel #1907 - 111.8 Proof (55.9% alcohol) - Initial notes of funnel cake unravel into delectable layers of buttery brown sugar, pecan, and rye spice.

You can check availability at this link

My Take

Well, I picked these barrels out so these come highly recommended. I'm not sure which barrels I liked the most because the numbers I was given don't match the barrel numbers from the State (see sheet below). For what it's worth, I had 19-171, 19-181, and 19-186 as my top barrels so if you can somehow link the barrel number to any of those, I would recommend picking them up. Also, I would like to state for the record that I didn't come up with the majority of tasting notes. It was a group of 4 or 5 people who contributed... I have no idea what the essence of summer or sun kissed summer haystacks smell like. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you end up grabbing a bottle. Feel free to drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: OHLQ

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