WhistlePig 10 year straight rye whiskey is one of three different whiskeys distilled at the WhistlePig farm in Shoreham Vermont. This is the first rye whiskey we’ve sampled on the show. Come to think of it, this is the first rye whiskey we’ve ever sampled in life!
What makes a rye different from a typical whiskey is it’s base make up. In the US, in order to be called a rye, the ingredients must contain 51% or more rye in the grain makeup as opposed to corn.
WhistlePig 100% Rye Whiskey
The WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is made from 100% rye, and also clocks in at 100 proof. Don’t let the higher alcohol content at all scare you away. This rye offers a surprisingly smooth taste that doesn’t cut through the tongue unlike some bourbons we’ve tried.
This is aged for 10 years in a double oak barrel process they follow. Common flavors you’ll find are charcoal, honey, orange peel, and nutmeg. Although we didn’t taste the nutmeg. The bottle typically retails around $70 which is a bit on the high end for a US whiskey but none the less you won’t be disappointed.
From the Distillery
WhistlePig was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, earning 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, their highest rating ever for a rye whiskey, a “highest recommendation” from Spirits Journal, as well as accolades from The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Forbes, Maxim, Imbibe Magazine, and many others. As Master Distiller Dave Pickerell notes, these extraordinary honors both “humble and set a high bar” for the company.
WhistlePig embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting “the sweet spot” in all three categories.
Learn more about the WhistlePig farm in Vermont, the distilling process, and the delicious whiskeys at the WhistlePig Farm Website.