Located in a 150-year-old renovated dairy barn in Vermont, WhistlePig is known for distilling and aging fabulous whiskeys. Starting with 250 acres of rye grain harvested from the property, WhistlePig Rye is distilled in a unique copper pot designed by Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, and then aged in custom charred barrels built from the farm’s Vermont White Oak.
WhistlePig has some exciting bottles currently being released. The first bottle is WhistlePig’s 15 Year Straight Rye Whiskey. Within this bottle is a liquid chosen from WhistlePig’s finest stocks, which has been aged for more than a decade. This whiskey is the first WhistlePig product aged in Vermont Estate Oak harvested from their farm, and it is their oldest whiskey currently available.
What’s so interesting about WhistlePig’s 15 Year Striaght Rye Whiskey is that the new Vermont Oak barrels receive a long toast and heavy char due to their tight grain pattern. After chatting with Daniel Udell, the brand manager for WhistlePig, we learned that tight wood compared to the fat Kentucky oak trees, delivers more flavor and depth for a spirit. These Vermont Oak barrels bring out a rich sweetness in the spirit (think caramelization!) along with the natural spice of the aged rye. According to WhistlePig, the final product mixes rye spice with wood sugar, earthy oakiness and citrus notes for a velvety smoothness unique to the finest aged spirits. Do not wait to pick up your bottle, this straight rye whiskey is incredibly unique and is only available in limited quantities.
The second bottle that WhistlePig has released this November is their 3rd Edition of Boss Hog, called “The Independent.” This bottle’s intent is to be a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, which we would say is an ode to WhistlePig’s founder Raj Peter Bhakta. He spent his entire life savings in 2007 to found WhistlePig, transforming the old Vermont dairy farm with the singular goal in mind to develop the world’s finest rye whiskeys.
The Independent is WhistlePig’s first rye whiskey ever finished in Hogshead 250 liter Scotch casks, which are the largest barrels in the business, and were enhanced with new American Oak heads. On the nose of The Independent you’ll find oak and vanilla with undertones of mint, baking spice and caramel. The palate is warm and bold, with lots of spices and hints of peat and smoke. The Independent is surprisingly easy to drink for 125 proof with a long, warm and spicy finish.
Perfect for the fall and cool winter months ahead, WhistlePig’s 15 Year Straight Rye Whiskey and The Independent are both additions you should make to your collection of fine spirits.
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