The premium rye whiskey producer WhistlePig has announced their latest release, The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve.
The brand only bottles expressions of The Boss Hog when they believe they have something superior. The Boss Hog series is single-barrel, barrel-proof.
The Spirit of Mauve is a celebration of one of the brand’s founding “celebrity pigs.” The Spirit of Mauve is a 13-year-old straight rye whiskey, finished in Calvados Casks “in honor of Mauve’s love of apples.” Each bottle features a handcrafted Danforth pewter stopper in the shape of Mauve ascending to heaven, and a casket-inspired gift box.
The suggested retail price is $499.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
On the nose, The Spirit of Mauve displays mulled cider, cardamom, candied ginger and a touch of piper tobacco, the company says, while caramel, vanilla and gentle rye spice develop with time in the glass. On the palate are maple syrup and pears balanced by dark chocolate and French oak spice. With water, the spice moves front and center and a fruit-forward character develops.
The finish is of lasting spice and a touch of charred oak and caramel, with maple syrup lingering as the finish fades, the company reports.
The former editions of this super-premium line include The Boss Hog IV: The Black Prince (2017), which was named Best in Show at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, The Boss Hog III: The Independent (2015), Boss Hog II: The Spirit of Mortimer (2014) and The Boss Hog (2013).