GSN previously reviewed Whistlepig Straight Rye almost five years ago. Their latest addition to their stable is what they term an “old world” style.
Crafted in Vermont, WhistlePig Whiskey is a joint venture between owner Raj Peter Bhakta and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. The Old World Series Ryes are twelve-year-old blends of 95% rye and 5% malted barley distilled in Lawrenceberg, Indiana. The whiskey is then shipped to Whistlepig Farm where it is finished in three different casks: French Sauterne, Madeira and Port. Then a ratio of 30%- 63% – 7% is bottled at 90 proof. Pretty creative stuff!
Whistlepig Old World Straight Rye (90 proof)
Visual: Honeyed bronze.
Nose: Sharp tang of ripe grape and touches of cinnamon, vanilla, and rye bread dough.
Taste: Fruited rye, that’s interesting. I’m reminded of brown bread with a fruit glaze. Quite tasty and intriguingly mysterious. Lots of sparkly pepper, yet toned down by the trio of different casks.
Finish: The fruit goes on quite awhile, but the key is in a bright and evocative rye that just borders on being aggressive. A touch of branch water will temper this down to a round smoothness.
Overall: The new direction for American whiskies, you cannot doubt that Whistlepig is one fo the forerunners in this new market. I’d call this a dessert rye, perfect at the end of a rich meal.
GSN Rating: A-
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