WhistlePig Old World Series Madeira Finish 12 Year
WhistlePig // Indiana (bottled in Vermont), USA
The Madeira barrel-finished whiskey from WhistlePig is part of its Old World series, a trio of wine-cask-finished 12-year-old ryes developed by Dave Pickerell, the well-known craft spirits consultant and former Maker’s Mark distiller. Madeira, a fortified wine made on the Portuguese island of the same name, is known for its distinct caramel, roasted nuts and stewed fruit notes. The base rye, is made in Indiana from 95% rye and 5% malted barley,
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak; finished in Madeira casks
"The conspicuous toasted oak on the nose rides in on waves of toffee and stewed plums. Those notes manifest on the palate in an orderly, tightly knit arrangement, a lovely balance of sweet, spicy and herbal flavors playing out on a silky tapestry. But it’s the peppery, spicy kick that dominates the finish, as if to remind you that it’s the rye’s world, the Madeira notes just live in it. "