In 2007, aspiring Whiskey maker Raj Bhakta bought a farm 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 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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of WhistlePig Straight Rye 10 Year Old
This is not worth the hype. Way too much spice. It overwhelms everything else about it.
Definitely taste the spice, vanilla and caramel. Butterscotch comes 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.
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.