WhistlePig Double Malt Straight Rye Whiskey 18 year old

WhistlePig Double Malt Straight Rye Whiskey 18 year old


Named “double malt” because in addition to 79% (unmalted) Canadian rye, this bottling also is made with 15% malted rye and 6% malted barley. Clove and peppery spice enlivens rounded vanilla and nutty tones accented with cherry and horehound. Adding water brings out more cinnamon heat.

Dave Pickerell built WhistlePig Double Malt whiskey with one mission in mind: to craft the world’s finest and most fascinating Rye whiskeys. A devotion to patient aging and innovative blending is the primary focus of that pursuit. But we mustn’t overlook the glory of the grain. With our oldest expression to date, we’re tapping into the time-honored techniques of the farmer distillers who in-vented the category. To kickstart fermentation they malted a small portion of their yearly har-vest. This delicate heating process opens up the grain, allowing yeasts easier access to the sugars they’ll soon convert to alcohol. It also imbues the resulting spirit with floral and earthy tonalities.

When most people think of malted grain, barley is typically the first to pop up but the truth is, any grain can be malted. The WhistlePig 18 Year uses 15% malted rye because farmers would only malt a small portion of their crops for distillation purposes. Malted grains were used to start the fermentation process before the advent of industrial catalysts used for brewing and distillation.

The WhistlePig Double Malt whiskey is a limited release. It is hand bottled at the WhistlePig farm, and the decanters are topped with a hand pressed glass stopper. Each stopper is pressed by a 19th century glass pressing machine, one of the last of its kind, and custom made by Burlington, Vermont-based AO Glass.

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Dave Pickerell built WhistlePig in pursuit of crafting the world’s finest and most interesting Rye Whiskeys. After years of devotion to patient aging and innovative blending, we’ve turned our attention to experiments with grain – in particular, the bygone practice of malting rye. Before industrial catalysts were introduced to increase efficiency, farmer distillers would malt a small portion of their rye harvest in order to access the grain’s starch content and set off the fermentation process. Floral, earthy flavors imparted by malted rye would add nuance to the bold, peppery spice character of classic rye whiskey. To harness these flavors for our oldest expression of WhistlePig yet, we selected a whiskey distilled from 79% rye, 15% malted rye, and 6% malted barley. These grains form a harmony that spans the flavor spectrum, at once soft and floral, rich and savory, and full of spice. Its complexity is only heightened after 18 years in the barrel. Sweet and aromatic, with toasted oak, berries, and nutmeg nose. Elegant and spicy, mildly fruity, and pleasantly floral. Vanilla and oak notes appear with time. Wonderfully long, clean, and spicy finish.

Category Rye
Region United States, Vermont
Brand WhistlePig
Alcohol/vol 46%
Proof 92.00

Additional information

Weight 750 lbs