WhistlePig The Boss Hog III: The Independent
WhistlePig // (bottled in) Vermont, USA
Bottled in Vermont, this 100% rye is WhistlePig's 3rd edition of The Boss Hog and was released in 2016. It matured for 14 years before finishing its aging in 250-liter former Scotch hogshead casks that were enhanced with new American oak barrel heads. Of this release, only 30 barrels were bottled at its original cask strength which varies by bottling but hovers around 60% ABV. The sample for this review was at 60.3% ABV or 120.6 proof.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typefinished in 250-liter Scotch hogsheads refitted with American Oak heads
"Amber gold in color, with a soft nose of honey and tobacco. Robust initial flavor is filled with notes of caramel and clove. With a little water, the rye becomes the dominant flavor with subtle earthy and oak-forward notes. The finish lingers pleasantly with warm baking spice whether enjoyed at cask strength or diluted with a little water. "