WhistlePig is a hybrid spirits operation in Vermont that has previously staked its claim on importing rye whiskey from Alberta to age and bottle in Vermont. In the past, Ive bumped into some of their single barrel ryes and found them really enjoyable. In recent months, WhistlePig has made a switch to digging up some older MGP rye stock for their 10 year old single barrel barrel proof rye, as well. As a result, I have set out to try 25 WhistlePig single barrel ryes to get a lay of the land. They were arranged, poured and blinded by a generous fellow who loves rye as much (or very plausibly more so) than I do. There are one or two non-WhistlePig ryes in here, also, so the stakes are pretty high. All blind, all in. Welcome to the 2019 Ryenaissance.
Heavy spice, molasses, brown sugar, clove, pipe tobacco.Spicy and rich
Sweet honey, melon, minty herbal essence. Pretty sure this is MGP. Really pronounced floral character. Some molasses, light clove
Medium in length, mild heat. Really mild for the proof. Rich honey and maple, some more floral character, light mintyness. Nice hit of baked bread and toffee before a long musty exit
Nice showing from this cask. Little heavy on the herbal, but I enjoyed it