Whistlepig 10 year old Rye Whiskey 50%, batch A/354 for what it’s worth or for what it means.
Consumed at home Oct 2021.
I’ve been interested in trying Whistlepig's stuff but my first impression was unfortunately terrible. Their 12 year New World thing was just not good. So let’s see how they do at the normal sort of stuff.
Dark golden orange.
Aroma up front reminds me a lot of gummy bears, Haribo sweets, pic n mix, jelly babies. Something slightly gluey in the background. Well, that’s atypical. Touches of papery vanilla. Touch of grapefruit. Maybe some cough sweet and pouch tobacco later on. Interesting aroma. Blind I’d probably be thinking mid-range Japanese single malt. Pleasant. I enjoyed smelling the empty glass afterwards.
Taste is soft on delivery. Very soft indeed for 50%. Woody vanilla. Doesn’t make me think ‘rye'. Soft gummy fruit dimension. Everything about this dram is soft and restrained, but that’s not to say its not flavourful. The oak is relatively subtle for a 10yo whiskey - it gives a papery, sawdusty impression that is overtaken by light fruity esters. The finish shows it’s a rye with its spicy chilli catch, but everything up until then is more suggestive of a nice well-balanced single malt.
This is pretty good, and it’s far better than the first whiskey I tried from these guys. £70 is probably a little more than I’d ideally want to pay for something with this profile, but I certainly like it. My main complaint would be that it doesn’t really give me much of the profile that sets rye whiskey apart.....but then it does offer something a bit different. Like a marriage of single malt and straight rye. 3.525/84