After a long hiatus, Whiskey Wednesday is BACK! To be honest, it's been a minute since I've indulged in some whiskey, but with the weather becoming chilly, I am all for a nice glass or two to cap off the evening.
Between holiday gifts, new purchases, and various tastings the past few weeks, we have a lot to cover in the coming months. First one I'd like to get off the lists is a Rye Whiskey I've been meaning to review.
WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye 6 Years Old
For the new timers, here's a brief explanation of the different between Rye and Bourbon whiskey. Rye tends to be on the spicier and more aggressive side than Bourbon. Usually, bourbon has a sweeter tone, and rye whiskies specifically use the rye grain.
WhistlePig has been around since 2007, but has gained massive traction on line in the past year. Their social media efforts, brand partnerships, and improved distribution has made WhistlePig one of the more recognizable names in 2021. They are known for their very well-aged rye whiskeys, all sourced from Canada, with a 96.56 proof. Very specific, and that is because it is honoring the birth year of Dave Pickerell, who was born in 1956. He was considered the founding father of craft distilling, and worked with WhistlePig until his passing in 2018.
The average price is about $50 bucks, which is on par for a solid whiskey.
I've been dying to try this one for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. The smell was defiant, and provided notes of caramel and nuts, which a smooth finish. I was getting more of a bourbon blend feel rather than the spiciness of rye, but it still had the rustic rye spirit to it. Not too rough to the nose and mouth either.
4.0 out of 5.0 for me. Very solid!