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 plasuibly 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.
Spicy gingerbread, rich cocoa, almost a dusty mustiness (in a good way). Orange peel, cigar box, rich crme brulee
Sweet, honey, toffee, caramel, buttered pralines, sweet and delicious. Vanilla icing, cream, pepper, light melon.
Long, hot here. Light apple, lots of citrus and rye spice. Clove is really prominent, almost some bitters note here. Melon presence is really strange. Not sure what to think of that.
Not my preferred profile from these, but really interesting none the less. Cool to see some deviance in profile.