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Whistlepig The Boss Hog Single Barrel Cask Strength 13 Year Old Rye Whiskey (750ml)
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- ABV 58.5%
Up until recently, Whistle Pig's rye was been distilled and matured in Western Canada (reputedly sourced from the Alberta Premium distillery), then bottled in Vermont, making them a ‘non-distiller producer’ or NDP like Willett, Jefferson's or Angel's Envy. In the summer of 2014, after a three year legal process, the company finally obtained a permit to construct a farm-style distillery, with all the rye grown on site. Reports have it that the still has been installed as of late 2015, but we'll be waiting some time before we see anything out of barrel.Just landed is a very limited allocation of Whistle Pig's sought after cask strength "Boss Hog" bottling. Beautifully packaged in a decanter style bottle with metal flying pig stopper. Other reviews... [Barrel 1 tasted] More Canadian core rye from WhistlePig, this time at full-bore. It’s strong with rye, sweet with melon and dark chocolate notes, but with a wood character like the unfinished inside of an antique oak wardrobe. The antique wood is strong in the mouth, an oddly elegant note, but afterward comes the melon and chocolate, and oily, coiling rye. Interestingly complicated; a bit hard to make friends, but worth the time and effort. 90 points
- www.maltadvocate.com, (Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson ...The contents of the bottle are ostentatious in their own right: 13-year-old 100% rye bottled as single barrels without dilution, ranging from 118 to 124 proof depending on the barrel. The Boss Hog was first released in 2013 as a 12-year-old expression, sans ludicrous metal pig cork and about $40 cheaper. Though the WhistlePig bottle touts its Vermont roots with obvious pride, the whiskey in the bottle is sourced from Canada (which, if nothing else, should make us all consider taking Canadian whiskey a little more seriously). WhistlePig’s blog reveals they’re getting their still installed later this month, so we can all look forward to tasting some of their first true farm-to-glass spirits in about 2025, if they stick to their current age statement spread. 94 points - www.thewhiskeywash.com