- Price: $75
- Proof: 100 (50% ABV)
- Type: Rye Whiskey
- Age: 10 year
- Distillery: WhistlePig Distillery
- Visit the distillery page WhistlePig Rye 10
Nose: The smell is surprisingly subtle given this is a rye whiskey and bottled at 100 proof. There’s little to describe for scent, fortunately, it makes up for it in the palate and the finish (who gives a shit about the smell anyway).
Palate: The palate is bold and spicy with the unique 100% rye mash bill. The flavors are welcomed and appreciated by experienced whiskey drinkers. However, it doesn’t overpower, which makes you think those that don’t commonly drink whiskey neat will still find something to enjoy. There is low to medium heat with rich, creamy flavors and medium complexity. This is a balanced rye whiskey and clearly better than competitors under $40, which makes you understand the higher price, but it’s still a bit steep. The 100 proof distilling and and 100% rye grain make this a bottle worth having even with the price concerns.
Finish: The finish maintains low heat, but you continue to taste the spicy rye notes for a strong closing. The finish is not spectacular and is best described as moderate, but this could be a favorite depending on palate differences (I lean towards bold, so WhistlePig 10 receives tough judging from me). This is a solid whiskey and supports the brand recognition WhistlePig Distillery has developed based on their unique and delicious rye blends.
Overall Score: 8.1 (score reflects taste and price)
WhistlePig Rye 10 is a solid whiskey that brings bold and spicy flavors with a 100% rye mash bill. It stands out by leveraging surprisingly, subtle whiskey notes to make it approachable to a wide consumer base (the aging removes the burn). This is the go-to rye whiskey for someone building a palate and seeking out variety with great taste. We recommend everyone keep a bottle of WhistlePig in their collection, and the 10 year rye is a great choice based on price and flavor.
Checkout the story of how WhistlePig received its unique name. If you want the cliff note version, it turns out some sassy, douchebag French guy said, “Could it be? A whistlepig?” to the founder of the distillery while he was hiking. I chalk this experience up to psychedelics since the hike occurred in Denver (can you imagine what that French guy was seeing).
Anyway, I like the name and LOVE the image of the pig. He looks like a cross between Porky Pig and Rich Uncle Pennybags (yep, that’s the name of the Monopoly guy). You can’t argue the Monopoly comparison since he has a bitchin’ bow-tie and strong, top hat game. I would explain the Porky Pig reference, but you’re Degenerates, not dumbasses. If we had a vote to determine which fictional character comes to life, it would be a toss up between WhistlePig and Tony the Tiger. The only reason I lean towards WhistlePig is because humanity hasn’t manufactured enough cocaine to satisfy Tony the Tiger’s needs (he’s overly excited about those ‘frosted’ flakes)…Getting back to reality, WhistlePig Rye 10 is a great drink and recommended for all collections or as a gift. Grab a bottle and cheers Degenerates!
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