WhistlePig Old World Series Sauternes Finish Rye 12 Year
WhistlePig // Indiana (bottled in Vermont), USA
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.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak; finished in ex-Sauternes casks
"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. "