WhistlePig 12yr Old World Rye
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Raided Score: 92 Publication: WhiskyCast Excerpt: The finish is long and fruity with cherries and hints of peaches and apples balanced nicely by lingering spices. Read Full Review Raided Score: 93 Publication: The Whiskey Wash Excerpt: The Old World doesn’t come cheap, retailing well over $100 a bottle. Even for that I would consider it a good value Read Full Review Raided Score: 88 Publication: whiskyfun Excerpt: Proof that beauty may come out of the unlikely. This was made with much skill, if you ask me (and if I may). Read Full Review Raided Score: 92 Publication: Distiller Excerpt: The whiskey is woven together with a caramel silk and a high allspice overtone. This is a rye to linger with; don't rush it. Read Full Review Raided Score: 91 Publication: Drinkhacker Excerpt: WhistlePig is a textbook rye, all grain, lumber, and baking spices, but this expression takes the spirit in a whole new direction. Definitely worth seeking out, even if you’re just curious from a novelty factor perspective. Read Full Review Raided Score: 85 Publication: Whiskey Raiders Excerpt: Not great, and I’m thankful that a variety of other offerings from Whistle Pig are available - typically at the same price as this or less. Read Full Review
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Matured in a blend of port, sauternes and Madeira wine casks, this 12yr rye was distilled at MGP and bottled by WhistlePig in Vermont.
Juicy and bright on the nose. Lots of jam, pepper, old musty fruits. Caramel and toffee hang out behind the wine character.
Muted and soft on the palate. No real heat, but a thin mouth feel to pair. A hint of old oak, dry tannins, some coconut shavings and red berries. Some rye spice, faint pepper, a little brown sugar.
Short to medium finish. Not particularly notable here. Thin, not a ton going on, the wine sort of clobbers the rye character.
Not great, and I’m thankful that a variety of other offerings from Whistle Pig are available - typically at the same price as this or less.
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