An unprecedented Whiskey forged in unprecedented times. The quirky New England distiller with celebrity pigs releases a one-of-a-kind expression each Spring. Spring 2020, however, saw everyone forced to stay home and responsibly un-socialize. So, it was expected that the new WhistlePig offering would be something unprecedented, like the situation itself.
Flaviar Members were given the opportunity to become Master Blenders-at-Home and use the lockdown to create an exceptional Whiskey. Approximately 1,000 members recieved a beautiful blending kit, experimented with different ratios of the three included spirits, submitted their favorite recipes, and finally chose the winning blend from among three finalists during a live online blending event. And now, WhistlePig Homestock, a unique blend of rye, wheat, and barley Whiskies is available to the greater public.
Despite over half of the submissions being Rye dominant, the surprise winner, with 44.1% of the votes on the night, was Blend Number 3, which involved 45% Rye, 30% Wheat and 25% Barley.
Jeff Kozak, CEO, WhistlePig Whiskey, adds “HomeStock is a truly special blend for us, not only due to how it was made but it’s the first time we’re releasing a whiskey that features something other than Rye. We’re thrilled that this blend got voted as the winner, it could be a sign of things to come from us in the future as a natural extension of our famed FarmStock range.”
WhistlePig will donate 20% of online sales via Flaviar & Caskers from HomeStock to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program, which provides COVID-19 Relief Grants to bartenders.
Grisa Soba, Co-Founder of Flaviar, comments: “We’re going to be talking about this period in history for a long time, and what we all did to stave off cabin fever. Instead of saying they learnt how to make sourdough or banana bread like some kind of quarantine cliché, Flaviar members will be able to brag about learning to blend whiskey during lock down and being part of a piece of liquid history that they can now own and savor. Exclusive content and experiences like this have always been a big part of Flaviar and we’ve just taken it to another level.”
Whistlepig Homestock Whiskey (86 proof)
Nose: Rye spice, with a goodly dose of fresh tobacco leaf,
Taste: The rye hits first, but is tempered by a curious bread-like flavor that has notes of young banana, vanilla pod and orange marmalade. Very smooth, yet masterfully strong and self assured.
Finish: Long and sweet with the rye heat finally winning out at the end.
Overall: A novel and tasty approach to blending. We were happy to be a part of the blending process here at GSN.
GSN Rating: A
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