Sunday, June 17, 2012
WhistlePig Whiskey (VT)
I was at a whiskey tasting the other night. And after a round of tastings, one of the writers said, "OK, now, let's pull out the good stuff." And what they pulled out was a bottle Whiistlepig Whiskey.
WhistlePig Whiskey is located on one of the oldest farms in Vermont. Cultivation began there in the early 19th century in what was then known as the hamlet Shaksboro. Steam engines replaced the lifeblood of the town – a grist and lumber mill powered by the Lemon Fair River - which still meanders through farm - and the town slowly dissipated until vanishing entirely in the 1930’s. The farm remained in operation until 2006 when it was purchased and renamed by WhistlePig’s founder Raj Peter Bhakta. WhistlePig Farm is being lovingly restored, a slow and painstaking process, in order to ensure that we produce the finest rye whiskey in the world.
WhistlePig’s Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell, a luminary in the world of whiskey, is one of the nation’s preeminent master distillers. Before joining WhistlePig, Dave spent 14 years as Maker's Mark Master Distiller in Loretto, Kentucky. However, he has since joined the WhistlePig team in order to create what he regards as his magnum opus: WhistlePig 100% Straight Rye Whiskey.
This 10yr old Straight Rye Whiskey was awarded by Wine Enthusiast its "highest ever" rating for rye whiskey at 96 pts.
This was a fantastic whiskey, with lots of wood and beautiful perfume-y nose. Absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic!!!!