100% rye. 100 proof. Aged for 10 years in New American oak barrels. Oh yeah, WhistlePig is a seriously strong, seriously good rye.
It's full-bodied with great hints of wintery spice wrapped around a black pepper center. The long aging tames some of the heat and brings along the vanilla and a touch of dark chocolate.
It's got a pretty good story, too: Dave Pickerell, longtime Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark, believed that rye was going to be the next big thing, so he went on a quest to find the best rye possible. He fell in love with an unusual 100% rye (rumor has it, it was made by our neighbors to the North, but he's not telling). He teamed up with WhistlePig founder Raj Bhakta, who bought a 200-year-old working dairy farm in Shoreham where they began hand-bottling the whiskey. Today, they've built a distillery, are growing their own organic rye and are working towards distilling and aging their own rye whiskey.
Until then, we'll just have to settle for drinking this powerfully delicious spirit of top-secret origin that has garnered rave reviews since it hit the market. How's that for American pluck?
tip of the tongue
While whiskey at this price is usually too precious to mix, we love this rye splashed into warm apple cider for a restorative winter warmer.
Distilled from 100% rye; 50% alcohol by volume. Comes in a 750ml bottle.