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: So sweet
C: Cherry sweet – little oak-y
T: Little to no bite, tiny bit of buttery taste
C: Strong cherry taste, somewhat breathable, sweet
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
T: More bitter than the 3-finish WhistlePig – small hints of cherry
C: Hint of cherry – light aroma – less sweet than 3-finish WhistlePig
T: Smooth like cabernet, more bite than the 3-finish
C: Burn, smoother than 3-finish with more developed almost satin-y complexity
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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.