WhistlePig The Boss Hog 六: The Samurai Scientist
WhistlePig // Canada
The Saumura Scientist is the sixth edition (六) of The Boss Hog series from WhistlePig. At its base is a straight rye whiskey distilled in Canada which was created using koji fermentation--this technique was pioneered by Dr. Jōkichi Takamine. As he was known as the Samurai Scientist, the pewter Samurai bottle top adorning each bottle is a nod to him. The rye whiskey is finished in barrels which held Japanese umeshu--a Japanese liqueur made from ume, or plum fruits. The whiskey is bottled at barrel strength and will range from 120-122 proof depending on which batch you have.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typefinished in Japanese umeshu barrels
"This cask strength rye is both substantial and very fun. It's spicy up front, with a bit of a savory and herbaceous qualities alongside the vanilla and charred oak. A few drops of water open it up to reveal sweeter notes of apple and cardamom; it finishes dry but with a subtle fruit note. It's difficult to say how much of the flavor comes from the umeshu barrel, but it's a unique and enjoyable rye -- and at 120 proof or more, a little goes a long way. "