Official Tasting notes:
Nose: Fresh cinnamon, black peppercorn, a hint of tangerine and grapefruit zest
Palate: Powerfully spicy, with cocoa, cardamom and cured leather flavours
Finish: Wonderfully lengthy, with baking spices, vanilla and hints of citrus
Whistlepig ‘PiggyBack’ 6 Year OId 100% Rye Whiskey 750ml 96.56 Proof
Small batch, pot distilled in American oak barrels. Only available at The Old Barrelhouse in Australia.
750ml: 48.28% alc
Region: Vermont, USA
Cask type: American Oak
Bottled By: Moriah Ventures/WhistlePig
First released: 2019
In the summer of 2018, the late distiller, Dave Pickerell and master blender Pete Lynch, returned to WhistlePig’s warehouses to realise their dream of creating the best aged rye whiskey for sipping and for your cocktail. It was then launched in select US markets in 2019 as a permanent addition to the WhistlePig core range. It would be known as the final product Dave Pickerell created for the company before his passing.
It’s a 100% rye whisky full of spice and flavour, aged six years for unprecedented complexity, and bottled at a purposeful 96.56 proof, in tribute of Dave Pickerell’s birth year – 1956. The shape of the bottle is a departure from the standard WhistlePig broader shape to make the bottle more manoeuvrable for bartenders.
An interesting observation is the pig that graces the front label is not wearing the standard WhistlePig top hat, but rather a Stetson hat in honour of Dave Pickerell’s favourite head-ware.