Whistle Pig 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (ships as 1.5L)

SKU #1059531 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 First, a warning: this is only for those who like their rye big and brawny. It starts off innocuously with a maple-syrup color, and a pretty, complex and subtle scent: honey, vanilla, a slight medicinal tinge and faint clover notes. It feels silky on the tongue and at first, the flavors reflect caramel, burnt orange and a whisper of smoke, but then a mouth-warming wave of tannic bite sweeps over all and lingers for a good long time. Straight up or on the rocks.  (11/2010)

Whisky Advocate

 Imported from Canada (which suggests that maybe this whiskey was originally intended to be the flavoring component of a Canadian whisky?) and bottled in Vermont. This is a 100% unmalted rye whiskey (much higher than other traditional straight rye whiskeys). Indeed, this whiskey bleeds spices (especially brisk mint, vibrant clove, and teasing nutmeg), but there’s a rich, sweet foundation to balance it all (honeyed vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and nutty toffee), along with candied citrus and charcoal. Bold, spicy, nutty toffee, butterscotch finish. Very distinctive, and probably a polarizing whiskey.

K&L Notes

Whistle Pig Farm is a distillery in Shoreham, Vermont, run by David Pickerell, who served as master distiller at Maker's Mark for more than a decade. While most distilleries produce a white dog, or young whiskey to pay the bills while their good stuff ages, David went out and found a few barrels of something we'd actually want to drink. His new bottling of 100% Canadian-distilled rye aged in the American style is going to impress just about every whiskey fan out there. This rye is for big flavor hunters in the traditinon of Stagg, Van Winkle, and Handy. The nose is rich and enticing and the color of the whiskey itself is a dark amber that just looks like its loaded with caramel and barrel spice. The first sip lets you know that it actually is--this rye is brimming with vanilla, orange peel and other baking spices. This is a big, mouth-coating rye that finishes long and creamy, but never loses the kick of the rye itself. This is going to be huge, mark my words. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2015 | Send Email
Whistle Pig has become an industry leader in the rye resurgence. Maybe the first distillery to release a Canadian Straight Rye as a craft style brand. Now they're growing rye, having it contract distilled, and stocking their warehouses with farm to barrel rye whiskey of the highest order. Why they don't highlight how and where they get this wonderful whiskey is their marketing departments problem. My main concern is how it tastes. Brimming with rye spice, the 100 proof WP always keeps you on your toes. Not soft or overly sweet, it's one of these that really hits the balance between intensity of flavor and textural complexity. The overlying theme is bold dry rye flavors. Behind the earthy rye, some sweet floral and exotic herbal tones. A great example of why Canada (via Vermont?) is still the Rye capital of the Whisk(e)y world.

By: Victor Grigorieff | Review Date: 3/8/2014
Very smooth, and nice to have in the cabinet for guests who are new to Rye.

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Varietal:

Rye

Country:

Canada

- Canada's thriving wine industry is concentrated in the four provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Because of the extreme climates of these Region, grapes tend to be grown near large bodies of water, which balance the effects of the severe winters. For the same reason, snow-resistant North American grape varieties like Concord and Niagara, the French Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Baco Noir are grown in Canada. Additionally, Riesling, Chardonnay and Merlot are becoming more popular. The Canadian wine industry is most recognized as the largest producer of Icewine in the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Canada.
Alcohol Content (%): 50