WhistlePig 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey is interesting bottle aged in three types of cask from the 'old world'. It is initially matured in American oak barrels, then finished in a selection of wine casks - 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port for about 2 months. It's distilled from 95% Rye and 5% malted barley, bottled with 43% abv.
WhistlePig was founded in 2007 by Dave Pickerell, former chief distiller of Maker's Mark, and entrepreneur Raj Peter Bhakta. Established on a land that used to be a rye farm, WhistlePig positions itself as a farm distillery with the motto of "farm-to-bottle".
Distillation at the WhistlePig farm begins in 2015. During this time, the brand uses its other facility in Canada (Alberta Distillers Limited). However, let me also point out that the brand has casks stock that it bought in Canada at the time of its establishment to bottle.
WhistlePig 12 Old World Rye (Rye, 43% abv)
Nose: On the nose, caramel, vanilla, grape and chocolate notes are followed by burnt oak and strong rye character.
Palate: There is a beautiful harmony of sweet and spicy aromas. Sweet aromas such as red fruits, honey and cinnamon are followed by bitter, oak, pepper and anise flavors. It is quite full and complex, yet easy-drinking.
Finish: A balanced, warm and long finish with sweet-spicy aromas.
Overall: I had the chance to taste WhistlePig 12 Old World Rye for the first time alongside with the 10 and 15 year old expressions. Among these three, 12 Old World Rye was my favourite. Although it classic 10 years old has its advantages in terms of price and abv level, WhistlePig 12 Old World Rye is definitely much more satisfying with its fullness and complexity.
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