A cross-border hybrid of sorts, Whistlepig has been around since 2007 and is still crafting some excellent Rye Whiskey.
With a distillery based in Vermont but grain sourced from Canada, Whistlepig is a truly (well slightly) international whiskey. It was established in 2007, when Raj Peter Bhakta bought a farm and made the decision to make some high quality rye. They started off by purchasing some Canadian rye whiskey that was perfect for blending. This, alongside the help of Master Blender Dave Pickerell, once of Maker’s Mark, resulted in the creation of Whistlepig.
Today they are a much bigger operation and are one of the most awarded rye whiskies on the market. Their range of whiskies has also grown significantly and they have explored some interesting ways to mature their malt. They always go back to their roots at Whistlepig, and have marked this by maturing malt in Vermont grown oak casks.
They have an extensive core range, with some really intriguing whiskies. As well as their 10 Year Old, they have a 12, 15 and 18 Year Old. And while rye whiskey continues to be where their heart lies, Whistlepig also produces some brilliant Bourbons and a brilliant wood smoked whiskey, which certainly isn’t something you come across every day.
A staple of the Whistlepig range, this 10 year old rye whiskey has been matured in oak casks and has a high rye recipe behind it.
The nose opens with notes of aromatic spices, citrus fruits and oak wood. Orange peel, dried fruits and lots of spice tie in well with a lovely sweet caramel note throughout.
The palate is rich and elegant, with more heat and a well rounded oak note. The wooded tones are sweet, brimming with caramel and vanilla and have a delicate warmth to them. Cinnamon, allspice and cloves give it a lovely edge.
The finish is bold and full of sweet oak and caramel notes.
It is no wonder this is the flagship Whistlepig whiskey. This 10 year rye whiskey is full of flavour and is exceptionally well crafted.
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