Review #1094 – Whistle Pig 10yr Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye, 5 Star Liquor OWS 2018 Selection (Pt. II) (MGP)

Review #1094 | Bourbon Review #556 – Whistle Pig 10yr Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye, 5 Star Liquor OWS 2018 Selection (MGP)

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 26 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:

This is the final day of the Ryenaissance 2019 series and I can’t begin to explain how much fun this all has been. As is my habit with past series, there will be an informative recap for this series as well. 

Distiller: MGP/LDi (Indiana, USA)

Bottler: WhistlePig (Vermont, USA)

ABV: 58.2% ABV

Age: 10 Years

Nose: Heavy spice, molasses, brown sugar, clove, pipe tobacco.Spicy and rich

Taste: Sweet honey, melon, minty herbal essence. Pretty sure this is MGP. Really pronounced floral character. Some molasses, light clove

Finish: Medium in length, mild heat. Really mild for the proof. Rich honey and maple, some more floral character, light mintyness. Nice hit of baked bread and toffee before a long musty exit

Overall: Nice showing from this cask. Little heavy on the herbal, but I enjoyed it

Reveal: WhistlePig 10yr Single Barrel Rye 5Star Liquor OWS 2018 MGP 117.2. Wow, this is interesting! A repeat experience with this bottle, which really goes to show the values of blind tasting. While this impressed me more than the first time I had it, I’m feeling good with the large overlap in tasting notes that I pulled from each one. I picked out the intense herbal-ness of the MGP, and while I gave this particular one a 6, rather than a 5, one rank off feels right. This being an MGP cask was interesting, given my love of Alberta, so it’s good to see some consistency in my ability to distinguish.

Well folks, thanks for joining me on this amazing adventure. I should have a writeup 

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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