WhistlePig Old World Series Sauternes Finish Rye 12 Year


WhistlePig // Indiana (bottled in Vermont), USA


community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 49 )

This Sauternes barrel-finished whiskey from WhistlePig is the first in its Old World series, a trio of wine-cask-finished 12-year-old ryes. Sauternes, a sweet French white wine, has a delicacy that sits on the opposite end of the spectrum from the bold, brawny rye, which is made in Indiana from 95% rye and 5% malted barley, but the wine’s flavors have an impressive impact on the whiskey.

  • age
    12 Year
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Rye
    Mash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak; finished in ex-Sauternes casks

Tasting Notes

"This powerful yet elegant rye offers a dramatic welcome with sweet aromas that scream: concentrated red licorice. Water settles the intensity, bringing a tang to the sweetness, evoking blackberries and cranberries. Let it sit long enough and a toasted cedar note pushes through. The sweetness evolves from berries to honey and dry nuts on the palate, but the cedar that comes late on the nose makes a sneaky return to sabotage the finish with a peppery flourish. "

Score 89

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