This is a interesting rye. WhistlePig The Old World Series: Straight Rye Whiskey Marriage is a experiment to pay homage to the fine Scotch and winemakers of the Old World by using various types of European casks to finish his rye. This release marries together three unique finishes – Madeira (63%), Sauternes (30%) and Port (7%).
This a 12 year old, 95% rye whiskey distilled at MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg Indiana. Once it reaches it reached WhistlePig Distillery in Vermont, they finished the whiskey for three-to-six weeks in barrels that previously contained Madeira, Sauternes and Port.
Nose: The wine is up front on the nose and the standout. Milk chocolate. Typical rye spice. Vanilla. I would say a nose similar to High West’s A MidWinter Nights Dram.
Palate: Red fruit. Berries. Orange. Caramel. Thin mouthfeel.
Finish: Not much of a finish. Fades away quick. Little of that sweet rye spice.
Grade: 80 – 84 (B-) = Not-too-bad, No major flaws, worth tasting
For around $100 retail, I would say this is a pass. The nose is the standout, but the palate and finish are light, which is actually surprising with all the wine barrels it was finished in. Would have been more interesting at a higher proof. Actually, there aren’t many 12 year old rye whiskeys on the market today. Maybe bottling the 12 year rye at cask strength would have been more appealing……
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