WhistlePig

When we first were recommended these we very curious as to what the slight difference in finish on a rye whiskey would make. One was 63% Madeira finish, 30% Sauternes finish and 7% Port finish, the other was 100% Sauternes finish. Although there was a seemingly slight difference in the final aging of the whiskey, there was definitely a noticeable difference in the taste.

So WhistlePig distillery is based out of Shoreham, Vermont, USA. They are all about rye whiskeys and have a 10 year “Straight Rye” and a “Boss Hog” that is a higher proof 13.5 year rye.

So first we will review the 3-finish rye. (63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes, 7% Port)

(T=Trevor, C=Cole)

Nose: 

T: So sweet
C: Cherry sweet – little oak-y

Palette: 

T: Little to no bite, tiny bit of buttery taste
C: Strong cherry taste, somewhat breathable, sweet

Finish:

T: Little wooded
C: Not as good finish as the palette but sweet. The cherry flavor is still there.

Now for the 100% Sauternes Finish WhistlePig Old World

Nose: 

T: More bitter than the 3-finish WhistlePig – small hints of cherry
C: Hint of cherry – light aroma – less sweet than 3-finish WhistlePig

Palette: 

T: Smooth like cabernet, more bite than the 3-finish
C: Burn, smoother than 3-finish with more developed almost satin-y complexity

Finish:

T: No comment listed
C: Subtle finish, very faint cherry linger

It’s funny because Trevor purchased the Sauternes finish and he liked it more but I bought the 3-finish WhistlePig and liked that more. Usually Trevor is into the more dry and spicy whiskeys and I like the more sweet and fruity whiskeys. But I definitely would recommend these rye whiskeys to those looking for a good contrast with a similar rye base. The cherry hints I got were amazing. Great whiskey.

 

Week Three Purchase

Week Three Purchase

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