Distilled in Canada and bottled by WhistlePig in Vermont, USA, this is the fourth edition of WhistlePig's 18-year double-malted rye. This release is finished in PX sherry casks and bottled at 46% ABV. Let's dive in!
Bright, floral, fruity and spicy. Berries and rye spice are clear, and powerful orange peel and clove reign supreme.
The sherry on the nose is mild at best, but the palate unlocks the power of the sweet wine finish. Brown sugar, toffee, clove, pepper and a fat stack of oak tag along to keep things interesting.
Long finish, jammy and oak forward, plenty of pepper, clove and a touch of orange peel. Quite complex, the high malt content of the rye takes on the wine well here, with a jammy finish.
This is quite nice. The PX finish is neither scarce nor heavy-handed and works expertly with the already low-ish-proof rye. Tannin doesn't run out of control despite the lower proof and high age statement. United, old rye and a kiss of sherry work wonders from nose to finish.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.