Whistlepig 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
Whistlepig 10 Year Old Straight Rye is a 100 proof, 100% rye whiskey bottled on a former dairy farm in Shoreham, Vermont.
Whistlepig was founded in 2010 by a former "Apprentice" reality TV show contestant named Raj Peter Bhakta, who didn't exactly know he'd be bottling whiskey when he purchased Whistlepig Farm in 2007. After considering how to monetize the investment, Bhakta (a self proclaimed "P.T. Barnum), was introduced to master distiller David Pickerell (former Master Distiller at Maker's Mark). He hired Pickerell to source, select, and approve rye whiskey to be marketed as a product of Vermont. Pickerell turned to Canadian distillery ADL where he found "the very best rye whiskey in the world."
However, Whistlepig recently obtained a Vermont permit to construct a still and begin producing its own product. The farm already grows a fair share of rye. Therefore, despite some run of the mill NDP controversy, Mr. Bhakta is one step closer to realizing his vision of "
creating America’s first grain-to-glass single-estate luxury rye whiskey."
Whistlepig 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey
$72 at Burris Liquor Store in Charleston, SC
Nose: WhistlePig Rye is light on the nose, but it opens up revealing some "fresh" notes of menthol, oak, a touch of spice, subtle burnt sugars and sweet vanilla.
Tasting Notes: Spicy rye grain (it's 100% rye after all), pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, spearmint, honey, and oak. A nice balance.
Overall: B+. Whistlepig is one of the cooler NDPs out there. This a damn good rye whiskey, albeit an expensive one. Dave Pickerell is creating some great products up there, but we really look forward to the future and original releases.