GSN Review: Whistlepig Farmstock Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig recently announced the launch of FarmStock, the company’s much-anticipated estate release featuring whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled on its farm in Vermont. It is the culmination of the company’s founding vision to create a truly farm-to-bottle distillery, housing nearly every aspect of the whiskey-making process in one location.

FarmStock is “Crop One” of what will be future triple-terroir releases. It’s composed of 20% 1.5 to 2-year aged whiskey made entirely on the WhistlePig farm, 49% 5-year aged whiskey from Alberta Distillers finished in WhistlePig’s Vermont oak, and 31% 12-year aged whiskey from MGP’s Lawrenceburg distillery.

“Finally, we are ready,” said Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller of WhistlePig. “I keep getting asked, ‘When are we going to see the distillate from YOUR still?’ I didn’t want to just release a white whiskey. We worked tirelessly to create a product that showcases our young estate whiskey in context with the elegance of our premier aged rye. FarmStock provides a unique opportunity to tell the story of our transition to a triple-terroir product using our water, our grain, and our wood to age the product. It is truly the best of all worlds.”

“FarmStock is our story,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, Founder of WhistlePig. “It’s the realization of years of hard work to redefine how we understand craft and quality. As our first triple-terroir release, this is a historic whiskey deserving of two bottles: one to enjoy with good company and one to be collected for years to come.”

Whistlepig Farmstock Rye Whiskey (86 proof)
Visual: Medium-gold.
Nose: Mouth-wateringly rich woody rye spice. A lot of depth with a young leather, toffee and wild strawberry peculiarity.
Taste: Surprisingly, my first impression was of oyster brine. There is a sea salt aspect which is faintly reminiscent of an Islay whisky. And again, a fruity strawberry impression creeps in after a few seconds, but quickly dissipates into a hearty and more familiar rye spice. There is a lot to be discovered in this whiskey.
Finish: Fairly long with a soft bread-like finish. The rye goes on for several minutes however.
Overall: Highly unusual, amazingly broad in aspect and a spirit that creates a contemplative experience. Recommended!
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Whistlepig Whiskey

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