If you are not already aware of the WhistlePig Distillery, we are here to help you with that! Transforming from a Vermont dairy farm into rye whiskey making powerhouse is not the normal distillery story, but it is one of the things that makes them special!
The distillery’s dream was to make WhistlePig a leader in bringing genuine rye whiskey back to the forefront of the American whiskey market. Their whiskey making journey started by buying up stock of a 10 year old Canadian blending whiskey, that they believe wasn’t being utilized properly. From there, the vision of WhistlePig was to become a distillery that handles all aspects of the whiskey making process. From growing the grain on the farm to bottling in-house, that was achieved!
They are using their 500+ acre farm in Vermont to experiment and produce some of the best rye whiskies you’ll be able to enjoy! And this isn’t one of those farms some companies use for marketing purposes, it is a fully working farm with a multitude of animals calling WhistlePig home. They even have 20 acres of maple trees that they tap for syrup. *Side note: Vermont maple syrup is delicious!
The way they look at improving and making their whiskey better, is how all companies should approach their own products. A lot can be said about how they strive to be better.
“With every step of the Whiskey making process we ask ourselves 3 questions:
“How was this done in the past?”
“Have we learned anything since then that can make this better?”
“Is there another way to do this that’s worth exploring?”
More often than not the answer is there’s always something worth exploring. We know the path forward isn’t always a straight line. So we push ourselves to innovate and we’re reassured by our mistakes. They’re what keep us great.”
Their whiskies include:
- 10 year old – 100 proof
- 12 year old – Finished in old world wine casks
- 15 year old – Finished in Vermont estate oak
- Farmstock – Made from their grain, wood, and water
- PiggyBack – 100% Rye and 96.56 Proof
- 18 year old – 79% rye, 15% malted rye, 6% malted barley
- Boss Hog – Single Barrel, Barrel strength, and Finished in Umeshu Barrels