WhistlePig launches farm-to-bottle whiskeyBy Kristiane Sherry
Vermont-based distillery WhistlePig has released its first farm-to-bottle ‘triple-terroir’ expression, called FarmStock.
The whiskey is made from rye grown on the WhistlePig farm and local water, is distilled, aged and bottled on-site, and has been matured for 18 months to two years in Vermont oak barrels.
One fifth of this triple-terroir liquid was balanced with 49% five-year-old rye from Alberta Distillers that was finished in WhistlePig’s Vermont oak, and 31% 12-year-old rye from MGP’s Lawrenceburg distillery.
The resulting ‘Crop One’ FarmStock has been bottled at 86 proof/43% abv, and is said to offer nosing and tasting notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, mint, caramel, cinnamon, baking spices, citrus and stone fruit.
“FarmStock is our story,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, WhistlePig founder. “It’s the realisation of years of hard work to redefine how we understand craft and quality. As our first triple-terroir release, this is a historic whiskey deserving of two bottles: one to enjoy with good company and one to be collected for years to come.”
Dave Pickerell, WhistlePig master distiller, continued: “Finally, we are ready. I keep getting asked, ‘When are we going to see the distillate from YOUR still?’ I didn’t want to just release a white whiskey. We worked tirelessly to create a product that showcases our young estate whiskey in context with the elegance of our premier aged rye.
“FarmStock provides a unique opportunity to tell the story of our transition to a triple-terroir product using our water, our grain, and our wood to age the product. It is truly the best of all worlds.”
WhistlePig FarmStock is available now priced at US$88.99
WhistlePig was founded in 2007 and opened its grain-to-glass distillery in October 2015 following a period of renovation and conversion by Bhakta. The brand released its first expression produced using Vermont oak, WhistlePig 15 Year, in May 2016. Shortly after, reports emerged that Bhakta had been “thrown-off” the WhistlePig board.