About WhistlePig Limited Edition 111 Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig 111 Limited Edition Special Release Straight Rye Whiskey is the older companion to WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey
. The whiskey is made from 100% rye grains. "Rye is the brat of whiskey grains," says Pickerell. "The higher the percent rye you get, the worse it behaves. It gets sticky. It foams. A lot of my colleagues laugh at me for persisting to work with 100% rye because the nuisance level of going from 95% to 100% is unbelievable. Most people stop at 95%. We go ahead and push the envelope and make it 100%."
After the rye is distilled, it is aged for eleven years — one year longer than WhistlePig Rye — in a combination of new American oak and second-use bourbon casks. The maturation process tames the spicy flavors of the rye, and contributes notes of soft, creamy vanilla, cinnamon, honey and oak to the whiskey. After aging, WhistlePig 111 Whiskey is brought to 111 proof and bottled by hand at WhistlePig Farm in Vermont.
WhistlePig 111 Limited Edition Special Release Straight Rye Whiskey has an aroma of intense wood, rye spices and ginger. The aroma opens up to notes of cinnamon, honey and oak on the palate, which are well-balanced by sweet notes of vanilla, buttery biscuits and caramel. The long, clean finish ends with touches of butterscotch and spicy rye. WhistlePig 111 Whiskey was named the Best Rye Whiskey (8 Years and Over) at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards.
WhistlePig Rye is 11/111/100 — 11 years old, 111 proof and made from a mash of 100% rye. Pick up a bottle today!
Founded in 2008, WhistlePig is now the most awarded rye whiskey maker in the world. Their remote 500-acre hard-working farm in bucolic Shoreham, Vermont, is the perfect place to perfect their experiments with blending and finishing, ultimately leading to a portfolio of deeply complex rye whiskeys. In 2017 WhistlePig was awarded the coveted "Best In Show Whiskey" title from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Until his passing in 2018 the WhistlePig farm had been home to the founding father of craft whiskey, Master Distiller Dave Pickerell.
Their vision is to respect tradition and embrace progress, protecting what makes rye whiskey great, and at the same time innovating to make it better. After years of devotion to patient aging and innovative blending, WhistlePig has turned their attention to experimenting with grain, namely the practice of malting rye. Before industrial catalysts were introduced to increase efficiency, farmer distillers would malt a small portion of their rye harvest in order to access the grain's starch content and set off the fermentation process.
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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