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Presumably distilled by Glenora, this 21 year single malt is sourced from Canada and bottled by WhistlePig in Shoreham, Vermont. This is WhistlePig's first foray into single malt, and it's a bold statement from the brand: This 21-year expression is bottled at 46% ABV and features a $799 price tag. Let's dive in.
Packed with caramel, honey and maple cream, the nose is surprisingly rich and full of character. It's sweet and dessert with balanced oakiness and tannin, light pepper and pleasant malt character.
Maple, barrel char, toffee, red fruits and spice make up the palate. The proof is moderate, bottled at 46% ABV, and while it's lower than most premium American whiskey releases, it doesn't feel lacking. It could be proofed higher, sure, but it doesn't demand an elevated ABV to drink nicely. Impressive viscosity, packed with maple, tobacco, pound cake and cinnamon.
Moderate to quick finish, lovely and intriguing. Soft tannin blends with caramels, cream and maple for a complex profile. This is where the lower proof is noticed most, but it's far from a flaw.
Overall, this is a surprise from top to bottom, and a pleasant one at that. Complex and full of flavor, this drinks great and hopefully marks the dawn of a new rabbit hole for WhistlePig.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.