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Article: WhistlePig 12 Oloroso Cask

WhistlePig 12 Oloroso Cask

WhistlePig 12 Oloroso Cask

WhistlePig 12 year old rye whiskey 

We have something a bit different today: a WhistlePig 12 year old rye whiskey from a single barrel bottled for Drinks By The Dram. WhistlePig is a farm distillery started in 2007 that focusses on top end rye whiskeys.

The mash bill was 95% rye and 5% malted barley, with the liquid matured for over 13 years in a Virgin American Oak cask (which had a char level of 3).  That a good length of maturation for an American whiskey; interestingly, the cask spent half its maturation life in Indiana, and half in Vermont.  The finishing was done in a 650 litre cask, that had been filled multiple times over a three year period with oloroso sherry for seasoning.  The cask finishing took one and half months, to add an additional layer of flavour.  The whiskey was bottled at 43% ABV.

But, enough of the background, how is the dram?!

WhistlePig 12 year old rye whiskey tasting notes

Nose: there is dried fruit and caramel; I get both the wood influence with vanilla, and the rye with spice.

Palate: this is a nice gentle dram with a creamy mouthfeel and that same caramel and spice coming through; the oloroso cask finishing now comes through clearly, with big sherry notes.

Finish: a nice long warming finish, with plenty fruit and spices.

Overall, a most enjoyable dram.  Thank you to Drinks By The Dram for sharing this with us.

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