As the Master Distiller of Maker's Mark for more than 14 years, Dave Pickerell sought to create the best rye whiskey in the world.
If he hasn't succeeded with WhistlePig 10-Year Straight Rye Whiskey, he's come pretty darn close. WhistlePig is distilled in Canada from 100 percent Canadian rye, but bottled in Vermont at 100 proof. It is rich with American influences, as you would imagine. WhistlePig's color, nose and palate are in many ways closer to those normally associated with bourbon. The heavier char, the rich vanilla and toasted Thai-chili spiciness come through in an elegant and balanced manner. An alternating clove-nutmeg-cinnamon coalition tickles the palate while the finish is among the smoothest we've ever experienced in a rye.