Review #1052 – WhistlePig Farmstock Rye, Release #2

Review #1052 | Bourbon Review #542 – WhistlePig Farmstock Rye, Release #2

The Schtick: WhistlePig is a hybrid spirits operation in Vermont that has previously staked its claim on importing rye whiskey from Alberta to age and bottle in Vermont. In the past, I’ve bumped into some of their single barrel ryes and found them really enjoyable. In recent months, WhistlePig has made a switch to digging up some older MGP rye stock for their 10 year old single barrel barrel proof rye, as well. As a result, I have set out to try 25 WhistlePig single barrel ryes to get a lay of the land. They were arranged, poured and blinded by a generous fellow who loves rye as much (or very plausibly more so) than I do. There are one or two non-WhistlePig ryes in here, also, so the stakes are pretty high. All blind, all in. Welcome to the 2019 Ryenaissance.

Let’s dig in.

This is Day 12 out of 26. At this point I have tasted all samples and taken their notes, and then gotten their reveals so that I could fill in the reveal portion at the bottom. Therefore, while you have the luxury of seeing what dram was what as we go along day by day, I was in the dark until day 26. All samples were tasted blind in a new staggered 2 pour setup, before completing the project. In case you missed the previous days, here they are:

“FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002 is the second blend of our limited edition annual FarmStock estate release. It is the latest of our products showing farm-based innovation and the next step in achieving WhistlePig FarmStock’s 100% Triple Terroir™ vision – whiskey distilled from our grain, proofed with our water and aged in our custom Vermont White Oak.

The FarmStock Rye Crop 002 blend was crowdsourced from bartenders, influencers, and consumers from around the United States. The final blend is composed of 32% 2-year aged Triple Terroir™ whiskey made entirely from Rye, water and wood from the WhistlePig farm (up from 20% 1 year Triple Terroir™ Whiskey in Rye Crop no. 001), 45% 6-year aged whiskey from MPGI in Indiana and 23% 10-year aged whiskey from Alberta Distillers in Canada. Rye Crop 002 marries the untamed contours and boldness of WhistlePig’s young estate whiskey with the richness and complexity of aged ryes.” – WhistlePig Website

Distiller: Various (Blend of WP Spirit and Alberta Rye)

Bottler: WhistlePig (Vermont, USA)

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Remarkably different nose. Fruitier, almost a hair lactic. Younger smelling. Lots of moist wet grains, musty youth. Some ethanol. Melon and apples.

Taste: Thin. Unpleasant first note. Wet cardboard. Gross malty grass. Young. Good bit of heat. Some vanilla.

Finish: Short, hot and a bit one noted. Malty, apples and pears, malty grains and a pulpy note

Overall: Not a fan. Obvious youth. Grainy. Musty and malty in an unpleasant way. I was told that there may be one or two non-WP single barrels in here and I’d have to say this is absolutely one of them.

Reveal: WhistlePig Farmstock Rye, Release #2. Yup, nailed it. This stuff is gross. And a shame it carries the WP name. It doesn’t deserve it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 3

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