WhistlePig Boss Hog Vth Edition: The Spirit of Mauve

WhistlePig Boss Hog Vth Edition: The Spirit of Mauve

(0.75l, 58.4%)


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A truly special and limited Rye dram with a wonderful apple influence.

In 2007, aspiring Whiskey-maker Raj Bhakta bought the farm — he actually purchased a plot of land in Vermont lovingly named Whistle Pig Farm. He teamed up with master distiller Dave Pickerell — formerly of Maker’s Mark — to bring genuine Rye Whiskey back to the forefront of American Whiskies. It took a lot of time, patience, experimentation, and reinvestment, but they have grown to produce five award-winning core products and have experimented with a variety of finished wood special edition Whiskies too.

The Whistle Pig Distillery actually has … ahem, “celebrity” pet pig named Mauve. Calvados is an aged Brandy made from Apple Eau de Vie. WhistlePig The Boss Hog V is the fifth edition of the a special Rye Whiskey — this time a thirteen year-old finished in Calvados casks. And the result is truly exceptional in a spicy American Whiskey with a decidedly apple influence bottled at cask strength of 58.4% ABV. Even the flask-shaped bottle is special with pewter stopper.

We love the humorous bent, but this is a darn good dram. This one’s special folks.

Smartass corner: 
What the heck is a “whistle pig” anyway? Even though all Whistle Pig Whisky labels are adorned with the sketch of a tuxedo-clad hog, a “whistle-pig,” groundhog, and woodchuck all refer to the same animal.
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    13 Year Old
  • Maturation
    Calvados cask finish

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What does WhistlePig Boss Hog Vth Edition: The Spirit of Mauve taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Baltic Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
This dram greets your nose with notes of warm harvest cider, ginger, pipe tobacco, leather, vanilla, and just enough Rye spice.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Remarkably, the palate makes you imagine stewed pears with notes of oak and dark chocolate. Add a dash of water or cocktail ice and classic Rye spice and fruit jump to center stage.

The finish is long and complex with toasted oak and apple pie.
Ratings & Reviews
Overpriced. Smooth and complex with several interesting flavor notes. I found the leather to be prominent and the oak and rye understated. It's definitely a good whiskey, but I've had bottles that I enjoyed more for 1/4 the price. Value is of course subjective and your mileage may vary.
Smooth but complicated!
Got this for my 50th birthday! It didn’t survive the evening! One of the best I have ever had!
Not so impressed. Enjoyed a glass at a hosted sampling. The price is definitely not commensurate with the expectation. Flavors are smooth; with the Spice at the end, the oak finish is displaced by a hint of black walnut and fresh baked bread...probably the rye mash still lingering in the finish. The lesser whistle pigs significantly less weighty on the wallet and provide a reasonable experience.
Super smooth. Very flavorful. Super high proof but goes down like silk.
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