WhistlePig Farmstock Crop No.002 Rye Whiskey 75cl 43% ABV
This is the second limited edition release in WhistlePig's FarmStock series, which is intended to achieve what the distillery has termed its '100% Triple Terroir vision'. This entails creating an expression which is distilled entirely from WhistlePig grain, proofed with WhistlePig water and aged in WhistlePig custom Vermont White Oak. Which all sounds deliciously WhistlePig!
The blend that went into FarmStock Rye Crop 002 was crowdsourced from an estimated 500 bartenders, influencers, and consumers from around the United States, with 32% of it being 2-year-old 'Triple Terroir' rye whiskey (up from 20% from 001). A 6-year-old whiskey from MPGI in Indiana makes up a further 45% of the blend, while the final 23% is 10-year-old whiskey from Alberta Distillers in Canada. Peter Lynch, the distillery’s master blender worked closely with the master distiller, Dave Pickerell, to perfect the final blend.
Typical whiskey notes of caramel and vanilla are complemented by freshly baked bread, charred marshmallows and oak, followed by hints of citrus, pepper, and smoke. The smell struck me as pretty strong at first, and ultimately mellowed out after it opened up for a few minutes. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side. Balance is a key component of this whiskey; there’s a lot going on but it’s so well balanced that nothing is overwhelmed by anything else and every flavor has its own spotlight moment.
The flavor journey kicks off with sweet caramel, fresh cut grass and citrus. In the middle, pepper, orange peels, rye spice and cinnamon gum leave the signature rye spice tingles on my palate. The finish lingers, with rye spice building its way through each sip.