We’ll soon see a new expression emerge from the Vermont dairy farm-turned-distillery that produces WhistlePig rye whiskey. The six-year-old WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye is the new little brother of the in-demand brand whose flagship offering is aged for 10 years. The new marque was several years in the making, and a result of the tireless work by recently deceased Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, alongside WhistlePig Master Blender Pete Lynch.
If you typically reserve your WhistlePig for sipping neat, you might like to know that this latest 100 percent rye iteration was made with cocktails in mind. And while the price may be watered down thanks to the shortened aging, the ABV is anything but, ringing in at 96.56 proof.
Expect cinnamon and black peppercorn notes on the nose with slight citrus aromas. The palate brings powerful, spicy flavors with hints of leather, followed by a long vanilla and baking spice finish.
WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye is available now online and will hit shelves in August with a price tag around $49.99.