This alluring 15 year Rye is a new spin on barrel finishing for the Whistlepig team. 100% Canadian rye is aged 15 years in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in barrels made from new charred Vermont white oak. Vermont's long, cold winters help result in an oak that's more tightly grained than that from the Ozarks and other, warmer climates. The resulting golden elixir is nothing short of sensational: with notes of butterscotch and a Heath-bar like toffee/cocoa quality on the entry, and a spiced finish that is smooth as silk.
Whistle Pig represents everything we're looking for in a great whiskey; rarity, pedigree, and a great story. Located on one of the oldest farms in Vermont dating back to the early 19th-Century, this 500-acre property was once a thriving epicenter for grist and lumber. The farm remained in operation until 2006, when it was purchased by founder Raj Peter Bhakta and transformed into a rye farm and distillery. Bhakta's plan was to create a single estate rye whiskey that would stand as a model for fully sustainable agriculture in the US. A lofty goal that would require the help Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, who after a long career with Maker's Mark wanted to create his magnum opus. This combination of passion, experience, and just the right amount of insanity proved the perfect combination for driving success.