Sunday, June 24, 2012

WHISTLEPIG Straight Rye Whiskey

Whistlepig 100% Rye Whiskey, 10 Years old. 100 Proof - $65
Hand bottled at WhistlePig Farm in Shoreham, Vermont.  Product of Canada.  WTF?  Sounds confusing.  This is "found whiskey."  Distilled in Canada from an unnamed source, very mysterious.  Basically these WhistlePig people bought some barrels of rye whiskey from a Canadian producer and aged/bottled it for us to enjoy.  I read that they plan to eventually grow the rye themselves in Vermont and distill the whiskey.  Can't wait, though I guess I will have to wait another 10 years or so.

Smell - Very nutty quality to the aroma.  Oddly I cannot really smell much rye, which I was expecting as this is 100% rye.

Taste - Nutty, nutty, nutty.  Spicy almonds, maybe pistachio.  More like an almond had sex with a pistachio and created this mutant offspring.  Nice licorice flavors and spicy rye.  De-fuckin'-licious!

Finish - The spice stays on the tongue for a good two minutes at least, as do the nutty flavors.

Score - 91

Only 1000 cases produced, so good luck finding a bottle.  I'm sure there are a few out there. If you live in SoCal check Hi Times Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa.
Worth a splurge for it's uniqueness.


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