59 Years Later – Distillation Restarts at the Historic James E. Pepper Distillery

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By Distillery Trail – December 26, 2017

The James Pepper Distilling Co., producer of the James E. Pepper “1776”® whiskey brand announced renovation plans at a groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2016. 18 months later, the distillery originally founded in 1879 but abandoned in 1958 has fermented, distilled and barreled its first batch of bourbon whiskey in more than half a century.

…The distillery features a unique copper column still and doubler system handmade by Vendome Copper & Brass Works. … Fittingly, Vendome also made the still for the same distillery in 1934—the year Prohibition was repealed in Kentucky.

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