In 2007, a band of dedicated Rye enthusiasts bought a farm in Vermont lovingly named Whistle Pig Farm. They teamed up with master distiller Dave Pickerell, formerly of Maker’s Mark, to bring genuine Rye Whiskey back to the forefront of American Whiskeys. What they do is outsource elements of their production to Canadian distillers, using grain produced by others. Their ultimate vision is to make Whistle Pig an “estate producer,” which means that all aspects of Whiskey production will be onsite, from growing the grain to bottling the spirit. But until then, this is the best choice of a Rye Whiskey hailing from Canada, and we can’t dispute that!
The first thing that you need to know is that Whistle Pig 10 Year Old is more than a regular straight Rye Whiskey. And by “more” we mean more Rye, more flavor, more spice, and more quality. You see, WhistlePig 10 Year Old is made 100% from Rye grain. Rye is the most temperamental of grains to distill, and the vast majority of Rye Whiskey on the market is actually a blend of at least 51% Rye, the rest being corn, barley, wheat, or whatever else might be laying around. This makes a BIG difference.
Another big difference is that all of this Rye is aged for at least 10 years. Again, most of the Rye out there is aged two or three years. And all of that aging is in a combination of first-fill ex Bourbon casks and new charred American oak casks, then bottled at a whopping 50% ABV. In fact, don’t say that you have tasted Rye Whiskey until you have tasted WhistlePig 10 Year Old neat OR in your favorite cocktail.
Smartass Corner: What the heck is a “whistle pig” anyway? Even though the label for Whistle Pig Rye is adorned with the sketch of a tuxedo clad hog, “whistle pig”, groundhog and woodchuck all refer to the same animal.
Rye is so variable. This one is smoother than most ryes I think. It was excellent start to finish with just enough bite that you know it is rye and then a really smooth finish.
Spice, cinnamon, smooth. Pricey for a rye however.
The proof gives plenty of heat, but it’s flavorful and easy to sip. Highly recommended.
I don't normally drink rye (preferring scotch or Irish whiskey) but I found it smooth with a little spice and sweetness. It's my favorite rye so far.
this was too harsh for me. Has a hard bite
A bit too spicy to drink neat for my tastes, but followed the suggestions to add a splash of water and it was excellent.
One of the best out there!
I was really surprised by the sweetness with a nice little kick.
A delicious rye. Usual lay more of a Irish whiskey fan. But this was great!
Bold caramel. Smooth finishing with mild burn. Love!!
Unique that's for sure. Fresh cut green grass meets rye spice. It's hard to rate because its a flavour im not super familiar with but I keep wanting to go back for more. Try with a bit of water too, this whiskey is intriguing.
Smooth with an oak and vanilla finish. Delicious
I don’t think I’m going to ever enjoy rye neat, but you never know. Having said that I liked this more with a splash of water, and would not hesitate doing so again. I’m certain it will make an awesome Manhattan. Definitely preferred Whistle Pig over my last tasting of Rye.
I am very much a Rye Guy, and this stuff is a fantastic representation of a "Good" Rye. Very spicy, with a bite in the back of the throat, but a nice bit sugar to help this medicine go down. If that seems too much for you and you want to drink it straight, put just a few drops of water in it to mellow it. Otherwise mix it in something simple like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned so it doesn't get too lost. It's a bit too expensive of a whiskey to use in something with other overpowering flavors like a Sazerac or a Vieux Carré.
The serious spice notes in the nose and on the palate definitely let you know that it's 100% rye. Lingering mint was very obvious in the finish for me. A touch of water tamed some of the upfront spice and brought the vanilla out to play. I can't say that this is one I'm really going to enjoy drinking straight, but I can't wait to try it in a Manhattan.
A little too spicy for my taste
Big rye. Enjoyable. Lingering spiciness and mint on the Finish.
My favorite sipping whiskey at the moment! Love the sweet smoothness of this.
One of my favorites and go to on a cool night! Love the spice mixed with the smooth sweetness.
Love the smoky smooth sweet flavor. Hard to put into words. Different than most average Whiskeys, an absolutely must try
Smooth, light taste with just enough sweet and spice.
had a weird aftertaste
Not recommended. At 10 years, tastes like a poor knockoff off a peat whiskey.
caramel and spicy
Nice Rye Whiskey! Start enjoying it after a couple sips. Very mineral, banana, smokey flavor
I generally don't care for rye whiskeys, as they have what I perceive as a bright, coppery bitterness to them. This one is no exception, it's one I drink for effect rather than character. At 110 proof it has some balls!
Sweet taste, a burn on the back but with above 110 proof that's not a surprise. Great whiskey for someone who drinks whiskey regularly.
Such a smooth flavor
Love this, my go to rye
This is actually my favorite rye to date. It’s very pleasant if you cool it down just a touch with a cube or two or a few drops of water. It’s a little hot for my taste without that, but if you do, it is fantastic.
Love this simply over a block of ice and in my old fashioned creation.
A great rye, lots of spice and smooth at the same time.
So this is a super strong hit as a stand alone for my taste. I would have to try this only in a mixed cocktail.
Oh my word!!! This gave me all the taste plus more. I have struggled with Rye whiskey, but this WhistlePig 10 year Rye is just beautiful. I love it.
Not a huge whiskey fan, but this made me a believer.
Love this. It’s what I want in a rye. Nice spice
Really liked this rye. Great Carmel tones and balanced with spice. Might be my new favorite rye.
First rye. Spicy with a woody char taste and some honey. There is also a cow cud chewed grassy taste in there. Quite surprised I liked it.
Never had a 100% rye before. Easy drinking, strong wood finish/earthy. Definitely belongs in my collection.
I'd never had a full-on rye before. Very interesting aroma (spicy) and taste. Enjoyed it a lot, and intend to buy again.
This was awful. Had an earthy aftertaste. Would not recommend.
never had rye whiskey before...loved this one...smoothe with a nice bite at the end
Smells sweeter than it tastes. Very spicy and the spice lingers for a bit. It would make a great old fashioned
Not bad, but prefer Angel's Envy.
This was not a favorite of mine. The finish for me was a mix of grass and burnt wood and I was not a fan.
Fantastic rye. The subtle sweet vanilla and orange mix beautifully with the oak and spice. Full bodied, well aged and smooth
Very smooth with a smoky hint of spice in this. I'm new to tasting but would get this again. Was very good sipping by our last bonfire of the year.
Interesting woody-kind of taste.
A very smooth taste indeed. Pleasantly surprised.
Very strong and harsh with a bit of an aftertaste.
Pretty good, not a huge fan of rye
Love the spice in this one. Very nice complimentary bottle to the first tasting set.
I get a lot of cinnamon in this whiskey I’m not a Fan of
I like it, but I really pick up on the spice. I put a splash of water in it to help tame the spice.
Nice start but not liking the heavy charred almost earthy finish....... Cube of ice opened up a bit second time around.
Very smooth. The butterscotch and honey notes really come through with a final kick of spice.
Tastes like grass.
Seems to be a lot of hype over not much of an offering. Price to performance ratio is less than desirable. I agree that the after taste is not pleaseant as the first sip is appealing.
I've always lked Rye whiskey. This one is smoother than most and has less of a bite than most ryes. Interesting choice to start the club.
The smoothest rye I've ever tried. Had I tried this one first, this wouldn't have been only my 2nd.
Not bad for a Canadian Whiskey.
Loved it. Honestly its really smooth for a ten year 50%alchohol content
Excellent - but a bit pricey
Outstanding rye! A bit of water opens it up nicely! Be careful though..as good as this tastes, it’s easy to drink a glass or two too many!
WhistlePig has always been my favorite Rye Whiskey. I don't care for Rye but this one is one that I will always have in my home bar. Its comfortable with a crisp bite of spice.
Nice flavors, enjoyed!
One of my favorite ryes, but not worth the price point.
This whisky reminds of romping through the autumn woods on a crisp October afternoon in northern Wisconsin.
Really enjoyed this one. Has a nice crisp flavor. Well worth the money I paid for it.
Good rye. Overpriced, but not terribly so.
It is an outstanding, intense, Straight Rye Whiskey with a spicy birth & life that leads to a bold death!
Quality rye. Clearly 2nd best in the tasting set.
Strong rye with a surprising finish.
If you are a rye fan, this could quite possibly be your favorite whisky. It is rye perfection, with complexity to keep you interested for the price and a place on the shelf.
It was ok. Definitely not worth the premium price tag for a average whiskey....eould have enjoyed it more for 50 dollars.
Fabulous with hints of mint and honey
Very smooth with excellent spice to this Rye whiskey
Great whiskey. Sweet for a rye, with lots of spice. Strong finish calls for an ice cube.
Definitely taste the spice, vanilla and caramel. Butterscotch, anise and cherry come out towards the bottom of the glass but no sign of mint. Abrupt finish. Very good rye but nothing unique. Reminds me of the Bulliet 10 year bourbon. Would have given it a 10 on taste alone but honestly don’t think it merits the $84 price tag.
Spicy but rubbing alcohol taste over powers
Wish it was smoother but once you get to feeling god I'm sure it gets better.
Too "alcoholy". Over powered the flavors and left me wanting to tone it down a bit.
Top Notch Rye! Definitely my favorite of the Damnation Revolution
Very smooth rye.
Very smooth! Price is much cheaper here!
Too spicy for me. Started out ok but the after taste was just too much to handle.
Too much spice for me. Some very nice notes in there but not a balance that works for me.
The hints of caramel and vanilla go very good with the spiciness.
This is not worth the hype. Way too much spice. It overwhelms everything else about it.
Love Rye's but this one is too spicy and with too much bite. Would never buy again.
Not a fan of rye, and this certainly won't win anyone over
Nice, smooth experience.
Smokey, vanilla, caramel jumps at you right away. Smooth.
Pretty nice! It's got a lot of caramel for a rye, which is interesting. This a rare rye that is great for drinking, not for mixing. I like it!
This is going to get me into trying more Rye. So much flavor and layering. The sweet and spicy is pulled off so well in this!
Probably my new favorite rye. very smooth, deeper flavors initially, with a long, spicy finish.
Very smooth with spicy notes.
Very sweet beginnings, with a spicy follow through. Lovin' it! Caramel and vanilla are prevalent throughout
This is outstanding silky smooth, and the flavors pop. Outstanding
New to whiskey. I liked the caramel and the spicey finish.
Okay taste but kind of bland.
Very good whiskey. Heavy on the darker flavors like caramel and vanilla with a smokey finish. I really enjoyed it.
Really taste the hints of vanilla and caramel.
An incredibly smooth spiciness that's otherwise very nicely balanced. Not a characteristically rye flavor. But still absolutely fantastic. Probably would go over well even for a non whiskey drinker.
Never miss a chance to sample.
Very strong caramel on the nose, almost floral but very inviting. The palate is incredible! Mint and vanilla and more caramel! Smooth finishing but leaves a lingering spice that’s near ever lasting and turns to a soft herbaceous mint. Simply awesome.
My favorite rye. Hot and flavorful.
This is a very solid rye but you have other options at the price point.
Really good rye
Love it. Super mellow and easy to drink.
I was able to enjoy a bottle of WhistlePig Straight Rye 10 Year Old Single Barrel Select, 2016; which was an outstanding, rich, whiskey with a birth spicy rye & caramelized oak, a spice filled life & a death of baked apples & clove.
I'm sure it's good. I'm not a fan of the high rye content.
Spectacular rye and just as fine neat or in a strong Manhattan
This was straight rye godliness! A bit rough to start, but 100% worth it. A nice warmth, and a lasting one at that. Will definitely be buying again.
Bold and delicious
The smell alone sets it apart from most others in its category. Much more pleasant even on the first nosing than is normally expected from a typical dram. The taste leaves nothing truly unbalanced but the finish could use a little work.
did not like it at all. like drinking lighter fluid.
Need a couple drops of water to mellow it out. Brings the heat, maybe too much at first. Good rye flavor.
Most excellent flavor (even if it is a bit stiff), complex and unique. Will buy again.
This is my favorite rye.
Very excellent Rye
Oily on the glencairn glass... nose is spice and Carmel...
The heat on the palate is a bit much...hate to water it down but needs a couple drops for certain to taste anything...after that, you can at least taste oak, a slight honey...and finish is a little bitter...6.2
Love this stuff
Get passed the initial heat in this and you'll understand it better. Big flavors and very bold
It's a bit hot on the finish but an extraordinary Rye.
A very nice rye. It's like a holiday in ones mouth.
This is the dram that turned me on to rye. Lots of caramel up front with a nice spicy finish. Makes a great Old Fashioned, but I prefer it neat.
Very clean with a nice smooth finish. I enjoyed it!
Good bite and smooth!
Easily my favorite rye. Incredibly smooth.
Excellent rye. It's great if you let it breathe a few minutes but too long and I've found that it gets very intense.
my favorite rye so far.
Sweet, hot with vanilla fudge. Well rounded malty ending.
Does not have the smooth finish that I like from my eyes. Just a little harsh for my palate.
very smooth! great with old fashioned
Great, full flavored rye, spicy and smooth
Little rough on the pallet. Good but not my favorite
Super mellow and buttery up front with some spicy rye kick at the end. Love it!
Not for my palate. Odd aftertaste. Never smoothed out.
Very nice rye!
Nice, oaky flavor
New favorite rye!!
This is great love rye and this has a grape soda finish that lingers for a bit that is amazing
Best rye whiskey I have ever had.
Great rye all around. Definitely one to set the bar as a style.