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.
Corn, dry tobacco spice. Honey, clove and heavy pepper.
Vanilla, cream, caramel, nougat. Thick mouth feel. Very minor heat. Lots of sweetness, pairs well with clove and pepper. Leather and oak. Faint citrus.
Short to medium length. Growing heat. Oak, clove, banana, orange, faint sweetness. More fruity and dry
Good, but not my favorite. Nose transforms from spicy and savory to an oaky dry spice bomb with a cornucopia of fruits.