WhistlePig debuts home-grown oak expression
Rye whiskey brand WhistlePig has released its first expression developed using home-grown Vermont white oak – WhistlePig 15 Year.
The limited edition whiskey comes from a mash of 100% rye and is aged in three separate whiskey barrels. Matured in both #3 charred new American oak and used Bourbon barrels, the whiskey is then finished for six months in custom #4 charred Vermont white oak.
Vermont white oak trees are denser than their Kentucky counterparts, which is said to impart a “nuanced and distinct” flavour into the rye.
In addition to a tighter wood ring, WhistlePig’s custom charring – a long toast and heavy char – was developed to “draw out a rich sweetness”.
Said to offer a combination of rye spice, wood sugar, earth and allspice, the 15 Year expression was developed in line with the WhistlePig vision of becoming an entirely far-to-bottle operation.
“Since day one, our vision was to create a fully farm-to-bottle operation, and with the release of the 15 Year, the public can now enjoy a top-notch whiskey aged in barrels made from wood right here on our farm,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, founder and CEO of WhistlePig.
“Tight is better than fat, and old is better than young. In whiskey at least.”
WhistlePig 15 Year is hand bottled at 92 proof, with the “highly limited” release available in select markets.
The brand opened a distillery on WhistlePig Farm in Shoreham, Vermont, in autumn 2015. Its on-site facilities enable it to handle every aspect of whiskey production from harvesting rye, to distillation, barreling, ageing and bottling.