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, I've 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.
Maple, light clove, floral, lots of molasses and some light leather and tobacco
Rich, hot, lots of flavor here. Super herbal, tons of rye spice, molasses, honey, light confectioners sugar, pipe tobacco and some cracked pepper.
Long, rich, some heat but not punishing. Floral sweetness, not minty. Brown sugar, tobacco, maple candies, toffee and some cocoa takes us home.
Really phenomenal. If I had to guess, I'd say this was THH. But what would THH be doing in a WhistlePig series? :) Really strong showing on this one, and highlighting some of my favorite things about a well executed rye. This is the good stuff.