Rye is the backbone of the original recipes for many popular cocktails in the US. One of the leaders of Rye charge, Raj Bhakta, is the founder of WhistlePig rye whiskey that was introduced in 2007. The whiskey was made on a farm located near the shores of Lake Champlain, as the goal of Bhakta was to introduce the nation’s first farm-to-bottle single estate distillery.
WhistlePig is currently distilled in western Canada and the production is carried out under the supervision of the whiskey distiller Dave Pickerell. WhistlePig 100/100 was introduced in 2010 and it has bagged great scores by popular liquor reviewers. What makes WhistlePig so spectacular is the rye.
Technically, there is nothing wrong in blending 51 percent of rye with corn and calling it a whiskey rye. However, WhistlePig 100/100 is completely rye (100% rye), has a complex and assertive flavor, and is free of sweetness.
An important factor of high-end rye production is aging. Rye is aged for at least ten years in a barrel, but many of the whiskey makers age both rye and bourbon in the same barrels, leading to a mix up of flavors that will affect both the products.
Finest rye makers like WhistlePig makes only rye, that too in limited numbers to ensure that the flavor is not compromised by disparate elements. Yet note that rye whiskey distilled from 100% rye is still rare in the US.
WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye is bottled at the WhistlePig farms. This is a farm on storied Vermont land, which makes organic rye and this rye goes into the manufacture of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey. In fact, this is why WhistlePig rye whiskey is very popular on liquor online stores.
WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye is bottled at 50% alcohol and is aged for 10 years. WhistlePig calls the process “a unique double-barrel process.” The drink is full of subtle candors that distinguish it from the other whiskeys.
When you open the bottle, you can feel smells of sea salt, tobacco, and vanilla. When you take a sip, you will feel that the flavors emerge from woody pepper taste. The finish is long with tobacco and black raspberry flavors and ends with delicate vanilla tastes.
The balance between spice and sweet tastes offers a light and airy texture to the drink. This also delivers a range of flavors that many of the higher proofs lack.