WhistlePig has introduced its oldest whiskey to date: WhistlePig Double Malt Rye – Aged 18 Years.
The whiskey is distilled from a mash bill that includes both malted rye and malted barley.
This ‘Double Malt’ mash bill innovates on a traditional practice of malting a small portion of the rye harvest, the company says, as done by farmer distillers before industrial whiskey making processes were established. “To harness this tradition for our oldest expression of WhistlePig yet, we selected a whiskey distilled from 79% rye, 15% malted rye, and 6% malted barley,” explains Pete Lynch, master blender of WhistlePig. “These grains form a harmony that spans the flavor spectrum, at once soft and floral, rich and savory, and full of spice.”
A limited allocation of this rare whiskey will be released each year.
WhistlePig Double Malt Rye is bottled on site at WhistlePig’s distillery, located at the company’s 500-acre farm in Shoreham, Vermont. It’s packaged in a decanter adapted from the traditional WhistlePig bottle shape, and accompanied by Vermont glass stopper, made for WhistlePig by Burlington-based AO Glass.
Each individual stopper is unique, having been pressed by hand on one of the last remaining 19th century glass pressing machines. The antique machine was rescued from a historic factory and installed at AO’s Burlington glass studio the same week WhistlePig’s second still was installed at the distillery in March 2019.
WhistlePig Double Malt Rye – Aged 18 Years is 92 proof, with a suggested retail price of $399.99 per 750-ml. bottle. It is available for pre-sale via Caskers.com on August 6.