About WhistlePig 15 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey is one of the few 100% rye whiskies available today. "Rye is the brat of whiskey grains. The higher the percent rye you get, the worse it behaves," says Pickerell. "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%."
WhistlePig 15 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey is a brand-new expression that marks the distillery’s oldest release to date. Aged first in new American oak casks, the whiskey is then “finished” for an additional six months in heavily-charred White Oak harvested on Bhakta’s farm in Vermont (Due to harsh winters and a shorter growing season, these trees possess a denser wood grain, imparting a nuanced and distinct flavor into the rye).
As a result, WhistlePig 15 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey has an aroma of roasted chestnuts, along with plenty of oak and toffee. The palate is subtle and nuanced, with faint notes of lemon zest mingling beautifully with cloves, caramel, black pepper and leather. The finish is earthy and bittersweet, with bold notes of chocolate almonds rounding everything out.
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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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