Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength (115.8 proof) Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1335318


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Tasting Notes

We've got four new single barrels of Whistle Pig 10 year coming in this winter and each cask is very small, thus very limited. This particular cask, for example, yielded less than 140 total bottles. Perhaps that explains the beautiful concentration of flavor in this 115.8 proof cask strength expression. The nose smells like classic rye, but it's the initial sip that really stands out in this particular whiskey. It's seductively sweet, not in a supple or viscous way, but rather the same way that a graham cracker is sweet. The sugar excites your tastes buds and perks up your palate, but it's really just a side show for the wood, oak spices, and peppery rye character to work their collaborative magic. The mid-palate then gives way to Bourbon-like richness, maple notes, and burnt vanilla before finishing quite dry and spicy. If you've been jonesing for a new bottle of high proof rye, or a Handy/Kentucky Owl substitute, this will definitely do the trick. It's a fantastic bottle of whiskey from front to back, destined to impress any serious fanatic, and we're only on the first cask! (David Driscoll, K&L Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautiful barrel of Whistle Pig. It is lush and round and easy to enjoy with subtle spice nuances. All of the flavors are in balance and working together in harmony. There is a nice long sweet finish with vanilla notes.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I think I'm going to look back at this string of Whistle Pig barrels years from now as some of the finest procurements of my spirits buying career. I remember being very excited when first tasting through a number of 10 year selections, but tasting this 115.8 proof barrel again I'm overwhelmed by the concentration of flavor. It's simply delightful whiskey, in the way that I remember rye and Bourbon tasting ten years ago when I first started: full of sweet oak flavor, nuanced and distinct, of a quality that clearly stands above the standard $20 bottle of Bulleit or Rittenhouse. In a world where Thomas Handy rye is considered the best whiskey in the world by some, I'd make a case for these Whistle Pig cask strength editions. They are older, equally as potent, and simply gorgeous from front to back. This will be the first of four barrels I've locked down and once people try this cask I'm expecting all of them to come back for each subsequent release. It's that good.


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