WhistlePig The Boss Hog IV: The Black Prince
WhistlePig // Indiana (bottled in Vermont), USA
The fourth Boss Hog release was distilled at Midwest Grain Products (MGP) in Indiana. This straight rye whiskey aged for 14 years and is bottled at cask strength of 119.2 proof. The twist here is that it finishes its aging in former Armagnac brandy casks. The Black Prince is named for England's Prince Edward of Woodstock--in the 14th century he plundered his way throughout southwest France and had a fondness for Armagnac.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak; finished in Armagnac barrels
"The nose reveals warming spices, with cinnamon, oak, rye bread, and spearmint. The palate starts hot and spicy, delivering the potent punch of its high proof. What follows is brown sugar and crème brûlée, with a medicinal and herbal, almost savory, background. A dash or two of water tames the beast and delivers more of its vanilla sweetness. The finish is long, with char, spicy oak, and vanilla."