Dave Pickerell's brainchild Whistlepig, while Canadian, is anything but smooth and easy. At 100% unmalted rye and 100 proof it is brazen and vibrant. Aged for 10 years in new oak barrels, this whiskey (which is spelled with the extra "e" even though it's Canadian) is bottled in Vermont. This is a unique product because it's 100% rye which is typically used for blending in Canadian whiskies. American rye by comparison is at least 51% rye with the remaining mashbill made up of corn and about 5% barley. Bottling something like this was a bold move and maybe somewhat risky but Dave hit the ball out of the park on this one.
Color: Moderate golden hue.
Nose: Mint/Wintergreen. Wow! Undertones of honey vanilla, citrus
Entry: Blast of spice and sweetness. Amazing flavor profile. Distinguishing
Finish: Long and lingering. Wonderful
Whistlepig will retail for about $70 and I would typically shy away from something in this price range but I'll go out on a limb and say get a bottle if you're a lover of Rye whiskey. This one will not disappoint. Let's hope that Dave's Whistlepig is not a one hit wonder but will be something that remains an amazing offering.
Name: Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey
Distiller: Provenance unknown but listed as Whistlepig Farm Distillery
Availability: Limited markets
Size: 750ml bottle with cork stopper
Next stop, we head across the pond and stop off in Ireland. Sláinte!