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.
WhistlePig The Boss Hog Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey was aged for 13 years, and bottled at cask strength. Limited edition bottling.
NOSE: Complex, orange peel, ginger, nutmeg, clove, charred oak, caramel, and a hint of gingerbread.
PALATE: Full and rich, sweet, warming notes of caramel and vanilla are followed by rye-spice and mint flavors.
FINISH: Long, butterscotch and dark chocolate.