WhistlePig is shorthand for innovation, pushing forward and upgrading. It’s also an awesome name and a fun image to have in one’s mind. The story started in 2007 when the founding crew bought a farm in Vermont. They teamed up with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and discovered a stock of a decade-old Canadian Whisky. They finished and bottled it at the farm and wrote the first chapter in their Whiskey-making tale. WhistlePig’s principle is taking old school approaches, adapting them to new ways, and looking for the best methods to create booze. Surrounded by goats, sheep, horses, bees, and yes, pigs, wonderful expressions emerge from the farm. Their most famous one, the 10-Year-Old even appeared in Breaking Bad.
Their latest release was born during the summer of 2018 when Master Distiller Dave returned to the farm with a wild dream: create the best aged Rye Whiskey that’s also perfect for your Rye cocktail. It’s 100% Rye with an intense spicy profile. WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye spent six years in oak barrels and became a complex and smooth delight. Go for the Don Draper classic with an Old-fashioned or make a strong New Orleanian Vieux Carré. PiggyBack will be outstanding in any concoction.
Tasting notes are on target. Very spicy, strong cinnamon and pepper. Probably best in a cocktail.
Follow-up. Excellent with Fever Tree Ginger Beer. :)
I definitely am still getting a taste for Rye whiskey, but this one is very smooth and easy to drink. I would highly recommend this one for anyone starting to try whiskey and wanting to try rye.
Not usually a rye fan, but this one is exceptional.
So smooth and great flavor
Flavorful rye and very smooth. Big pepper finish. Really liked it!
New to Rye. Smooth at the start, the fruity flavors comes through as it travels. A nice introduction to the Club.
Very good bang for the buck whistlepig
Solid 5. Strong rye spice. You either like it or you don’t. Definitely a mixer (old fashion or Manhattan). 1 for presentation (it did arrive). The cork fell off. I’ve read similar reviews. Time to pull it out of the shed and store in the climate controlled warehouse....
Decent whiskey. I'm just not a fan of rye.
I guess Ryes just aren’t for me. I have yet to meet one that I really liked. The only reason I tried the WistlePig, is because I didn’t have any say in the matter. For my first selection (I’m new to the club), I wasn’t given the option to select another. I almost didn’t rate this Spirit because of that fact. I will say, although Ryes aren’t for me, this was the best one I’ve tried so far.
The spice is pretty overpowering, so much so that I can't really taste any of the other flavors. It's not bad, just probably not something I'd buy again.
Should add...with a drop or two of water, the cinnamon does come out a bit. But drinking it neat, I wouldn't count on it.
Pretty good, not much by way of knowledge, but I did enjoy this.
I'd like to separate out the flavor with how the bottle arrived but I cannot. If the stopper disconnects rendering it impossible to enjoy without a nice sprinkling of cork...perhaps the QA is missing.
I like it. Don’t know if I’d buy it again. But I like it.
Delicious and smooth. Sweet tasting.
Great finish, you can feel it hugging your esophagus without a bad burn. I’d still pay the extra $ for the 10 year rye but the Piggy Back is on my top 5 ryes.
Great flavor pretty to drink neat
If i tasted this blind, I would have said it was Noah's Mill or a rye they decided to produce. I get mostly cinnamon, spicy, a touch of sweetness on the finish. The Noahs Mill batch 18-19 is a cinnamon bomb which brings the comparison to mind. I got it for $46 locally but for that price I would easily prefer Bulleit Rye or James E Pepper Rye. I'm not sure i can think of another rye to actually compare the taste to due to the unique flavor (not like Bulleit, Knob Creek, George Dickel, Jack Daniels, Rossville,jim beam, Traverse City or High West)
One of the best bang for the buck Rye I have found. I will get this before the 12 year WhistlePig every time.
The first sip, strong alcohol.
All I get it cinnamon on the nose and finish. “Zesty” is an understatement. Not as fiery as straight up cinnamon whiskey, but damn if I can pull out any other flavors.
The second nose after a taste was pleasant; vanilla cinnamon.
But this will definitely be a mixer for me. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, have never been a “neat” drinker. I tried it with a drop of water and after letting it open for 20 mins or so. No change.
Works well in the one cocktail I’ve made (Old Flame). I’ll see how it does in an Old Fashioned which is my usual go to. But I won’t be buying more.
I have never really enjoyed a rye whisky, but this one was really good. It was smooth and did not have a sharp bite as most rye's do. This is the one rye I will drink again.
Nose: Toffee and apricot
Taste: Toffee and spice on the front. Spicy middle. Lasting hug.
I usually love rye whiskey but I did not enjoy this one. All of the flavor sits right up front of the pallette, so it all mingles together in a indecipherable, peppery morass and the finish is almost non-existent.
Maybe it needs to sit in the barrel a little while longer, I don't know, but I wasn't a fan.
Above average Rye, great sipper or with some ice
Little much up front rye that tends to give it a medicine taste it did have a better finish
I’m not a huge fan of rye due to the “burn”, but this was by far the best rye I have ever had!
Not a big fan of rye but not bad. Does not go well with a rock but neat or a little coke for sure. On a rock brings out a menthol that I find in ryes and dont like. Neat you dont get it at all.
This is a very good eye.
I’m a bourbon guy. And this is as good or better than my favorite...Knob Creek.
First Bottle with the club membership. Very smooth, made a great Old Fashioned before dinner.
Ok on it’s own, but fantastic as a Manhattan!
First rye whiskey I’ve had since was gifted a bottle of WhiskeyPig 12year.
I’m new to whiskey comparisons,however did like them both.
super smooth nose and initial mouth. Very unique sweet/tangy nose...probably best part. light Oil mouth but sits on top of the tongue. Too spicy for my liking but not bad considering 100%Rye. Probably will grow on me. The flavor is unique but simple at the same time. Vanilla with leather finish
JUST HAD IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT CAME WITH MY FIRST INSTALLMENT FROM FLAVIER. I LIKE IT AND IT MAKES A GREAT OLD FASHION.
My review may not be the one you want if you are a rye drinker. The eye flavor is dominant and the heat builds rapidly. It does smooth out but, the aftertaste is not pleasing to me. Not to say I'm not finishing this bottle, just not me flavor profile.
One of the best rye whiskeys I’ve had. Really smooth and full of flavor. I’ll enjoy this bottle to the last drop!
If you are a Rye drinker this is one for you. I personally do not like my whiskey hot....
An interesting mix of flavors. This is my first Rye. It's complex. A bit pungent and grain flavored with just a touch of spice to me.
Really enjoyed this one!
Definitely taste the spice and the cinammon. Chocolate (?) on the back of the mouth. "Spiced rum" is a good analogy here.
Nice smooth sipper. Sweet finish, cinnamon on the nose. Highly recommend and good price point.
A classic rye. Spicey, vanilla, a bit hot. Better choices for the price such as Pikesville or Angels Envy.
Very good mid range bourbon. Nice aroma. Lasting taste. Good purchase.
So far I am really enjoying this on the rocks. It has a great nose to it that kind of reminds me of hot candied pecans. This was an awesome first bottle.
I prefer spiced rum and this is a great bridge between rum and whiskey. It has nice undertones of cinnamon, cardamom, and other warm spices, but certainly has a whiskey base.
I tend to prefer "traditional" bourbon over rye but must admit that this was an excellent surprise. I will be more open to drinking rye in the future, particularly this one.
My first from the club and really enjoying it.
I'm not an expert on writing whiskey reviews, but its true that you can really taste the fruit and spice notes on the first sip. I haven't mixed it yet in a cocktail, but at 96.56 proof, it can stand alone as a straight drinking whiskey.
One of the best rye's I have had
Surprisingly sweet, lots of cinnamon with some heat on the finish.
Ima a Scotch, Bourbon, Irish Whisky fan. This is my first Rye, I. Loved. It! Both neat and with a few rocks.
Sipping with some ice - completely enjoyable. Not too spicy for my palate, underlying flavors that are displayed in flavor spiral become more apparent as ice melts. Nice work
I little too spicy drinking it neat, but right on the money in an Old Fashioned for me.
Great Flavor and profile.
Straight forward and smooth rye, with a happy finish. I made a Manhattan with orange bitters and it pulled out the citrus notes.
Love the smoke flavor but too “bitey”
There seems to be a unique creaminess to this rye that I had not experienced in a rye yet. Very warm and inviting with a peppery end. It will be placed in the "special" section of my bar.
Spicy rye that I really enjoyed. Great for old fashioneds.
A surprisingly balanced Rye. I enjoyed it in its own as well as making a great Old Fashioned. I will be sampling more Whistle Pig in the future.
Way too sweet for me, might just be ryes in general, don't know.
it's spicy on the 1st sip, but give it some time...the flavors explode as the ice melts!
Not my Favorite of the Whistlepigs. Still good for a sample
This is my first rye and it’s amazing!
Not my favorite to sip but makes and AMAZING old fashioned!
A little harsh without a sweetness I was expecting from a rye
subtle tastes that roll smoothly across the tongue
I would like to score this based on what I know it's for; a bartender friendly, decent price point, mixer rye. That said, in sipping it neat it's clearly a young whiskey and tastes as such.
When it comes to drinking, rye is my first choice every time. However, I was surprised to find this one to be a little bit on the harsher side , especially in my go to drink: an old-fashioned. Regardless of it’s bite, it was still an enjoyable drink, however not as good as Whistlepig’s Old World Series 12 year. If you have the chance, and the money, I’d pick that bottle over this one any day
It’s a smooth rye. Easy sipper. Love it
Very spicy and tight. Excellent to drink as an old fashion with muddle fruit. It needs the sugar and fruit to open it up. I liked it .. but to drink neat.
This Rye is very spicy and tight. Lots of flavors that definitely need water or a cocktail mix to bring them out. If I was to drink it regularly it would be in an old fashioned with the fruit muddled. It needs that extra citrus, sugar and ice to tone it down. But as an old fashioned it is amazing and has many flavors you don't get when making an old fashioned with your standard rye blend. Liked it... But to hot to drink neat.
I have try almost all of the WhistlePig years and I have to say the Piggy Back is a GREAT choice!
I have already pick up a few more bottles , it was that good,,,, another WINNER from WhistlePig!!!!
It’s a great match with a Davidoff late night cigar!
This doesn't stand out. The 10 yr Whistlepig is my favorite rye, and I was hopeful that it would be close to the 10 yr for almost half the price. The profile is there, but it just doesn't have the depth of the older bottle. It's fine, but there are better rye's for fewer dollars.
sweet apple cinnamon spiced rye
Fantastic rye! Smooth. Probably the best rye I've had at this price.
Very tasty 6 year rye - smooth with a good amount of rye spice. Definitely a sipper if you like ryes, almost as good as their 10 year. And yes, it makes a mean Manhattan!
This rye smells spicier than it sips. I’ve half a mind to not mix it, but since WP made it for ‘fashioned’s it’s going to have to happen.
Sharp dipping whiskey
10 year....Smooth. Peppery. Great drink.
this is a great rye great value a quick favorite
Spectacular rye. Wonderful balance and makes a mean old fashioned.
Great taste, definitely one of my favorites
This only tastes alcohol to me. Maybe my palate got used to mild tasty Japanese whiskeys recently but that's all I can get out of this. But the bottle is nice