Review #38: Whistle Pig Rye 10 Year

In honor of Dave Pickerall, Whistle Pig’s late Master Distiller, I’ll be reviewing Whistle Pig Rye 10 Year. This whiskey is distilled in Canada and bottled at the Whistle Pig farm in Vermont. Without further ado let’s get to the nosing and sipping.

Review

Age: 10 years

Abv: 100 proof (50% ABV)

Mashbill: 100% Rye

Color: A medium gold

Price: $72.99

Neat

Nose: Very rye spice forward with oak and sweet notes lurking in the background

Taste: The 100% rye is very clear here as well with more bold spice notes as well as distinct sweet vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is also wonderful on this dram.

Finish: A long sweet linger with a bit of something floral or herbal as well.

On a rock

Nose: The ice can’t contain the strong spice notes which shine through alongside something sweeter though I do lose the oak from the neat nose.

Taste: The sweet vanilla is very prevalent with ice and the rye spice takes a bit of a backseat.

Finish: More of the spice comes through in a finish that stands up brilliantly to ice. Long and well balanced between spice and vanilla sweetness.

Conclusion

This is an excellent whiskey and while I’ll only occasionally buy a bottle it is my go to whiskey for pairing with steak when I’m eating out. The strong, well balanced flavors that hold up well to ice make this a great fit for a long Friday lunch. Despite the higher proof it still drinks very smoothly and has an excellent mouthfeel. While it is a little pricey it is also very widely available again making it a staple of restaurant drinking. Thanks for the great rye Mr. Pickerall and I hope the folks you left behind can keep up the great work and honor your legacy.

8 - an excellent bottle I’d be happy to buy

Scale

My reviews are mostly about taste but occasionally take price into consideration generally dropping a point from whiskies in the 8-9 range that seem significantly more expensive than similar quality bottles.

10 - a unicorn, I haven’t found it yet

9 - a favorite that I almost always have a bottle of on my shelf

8 - an excellent bottle I’d be happy to buy

7 - a solid whiskey I’d happily order at bar if they don’t have something 8+

6 - a decent whiskey that I don’t prefer but don’t avoid and would be fine having as a mixer or in a pinch somewhere with a poor selection

5 - I would drink it if offered and I didn’t have to pay for it

4 - Maybe a mixer though I wouldn’t want to pay for it

3 and below - no thanks