The story of WhistlePig begins in 2007, with Raj Peter Bhakta buying a farm in Shoreham, Vermont, with the idea of creating some ace rye whiskey. Teaming up with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, who was the Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark for 14 years, WhistlePig sourced a top quality, 100% rye whiskey from Canada, then finished and bottled it at the WhistlePig farm. Their most well-known expression, the WhistlePig 10 Year Old, is presented at 100 proof, and has proven rather popular indeed – it even appeared on an episode of Breaking Bad! The WhistlePig chaps are also growing their own rye grain on the farm, with plans to start distillation on the 4th of July, 2015.
Farmstock Series Batch 003
WhistlePig have always dreamed of having a true farm-to-bottle whiskey. FarmStock, for them, is that journey. With each year, and each Rye Crop, they increase the percentage of the blend that is their own Triple-Terroir whiskey, which means whiskey made from grain grown on their farm, aged in barrels made from their own land, and proofed with water from their own well. In time FarmStock will be 100% Triple-Terroir.
The batch 003 is a blend of;
52% WhistlePig’s own 3yo rye whiskey
31% 6yo Canadian rye whiskey
17% 10yo Canadian rye whiskey
Nose: Vanilla custard, cinnamon and cherry jam, with toasted walnut and new leather.
Palate: Crème caramel, toasty oak, sweet baking spice, Turkish delight, toffee penny and a pinch of tobacco.
Finish: Warming rye spice really comes into its own on a lengthy finish.