Whistlepig Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig’s 100/100 is 100% rye, which leads to a more assertive and complex flavor devoid of the sweetness of corn.
What makes a rye like WhistlePig so spectacular is, well, the rye. Technically, one can blend a 51% proportion of rye with corn or other grains and still call the whiskey rye (the same proportion applies to bourbon, with corn being the majority component). WhistlePig’s 100/100 is 100% rye, which leads to a more assertive and complex flavor devoid of the sweetness of corn.
Another factor in high-end rye production is the attention to aging. Ten years minimum in a barrel is required, but many mass whiskey producers age both their bourbon and rye in the same barrels, resulting in a conflation of flavors that compromises both products. The finest producers of rye, including WhistlePig, produce only rye, in limited amounts, insuring the flavor is not informed by disparate elements.