WhistlePig 10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey is a world class whiskey and one of the few 100% rye whiskeys available on toady’s market, 2011 Ultimate Beverage Challenge Finalist (94pts), WE 96pts, Wall Street Journal Top Rye Whiskey of 2010. During a year plus long search, David Pickerell, previous Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark for 14 years through 2008, came across this wonderful expression of rye in Canada. That’s correct, WhistlePig was not distilled by Pickerell and WhistlePig distillery (yet), but rather “sourced” or “found” and bottled. Pickerell partnered up with Raj Bhakta, an entrepreneur and former “Apprentice” reality show contestant, to form WhistlePig and get this great rye whiskey to the public. Today it is bottled at Bhakta’s 500 acre WhistlePig Farm in Vermont. It has been said by a number of sources that their goal is to create a fully sustainable “farm to bottle” distillery, growing the rye grain that will eventually become WhistlePig Rye Whiskey. But until they have their own distilled product we’ve been given a little gift to satisfy our thirst.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge – 94 points.
NOSE: Rich and fulsome. Initial notes of allspice, ginger, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and anise are complimented by the woody notes of oak, char and caramel, with a hint of honey.
PALATE: Complex, rich and full bodied, starts with warm, sweet and floral notes with hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye-spice and mint flavors. Butterscotch and dark chocolate dominate later.
FINISH: Long, crisp yet creamy, with warm butterscotch notes. Spectacular rye, aged for 10 years and bottled at 100 proof!