WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 15 year old

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 15 year old


This remarkably complex sipper leads with caramel and vanilla, then reverberates with rounded dried fruit, sherry and almond, fading into a long, gentle baking spice finish. Made with 100% rye sourced from Canada, this is finished in barrels made from Vermont oak and bottled in Vermont.

This is the second “The Boss Hog” released by WhistlePig, the first was in 2013. According to the company, this year’s release has been selected from their oldest and most unique barrels – Bond 77. Bond 77 entered wood on April 5, 2001 and was part of a quadruple barrel aging process, including a combination of new American oak and early use bourbon barrels. This is a single barrel offering comprised of 50 barrels which were hand-selected and bottled at cask strength ranging from 117 – 124 proof. The bottle reviewed is from barrel , has a handwritten 13 year age statement, and was bottled at 119.5 proof.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey definitely got rye spice on the nose, but less alcohol intensity than the proof would suggest. There’s a hint of anise along with something else… tobacco maybe. It’s faint but it’s there.

Very tasty. Full-bodied with a good mouthfeel. A warming rye pop hits immediately followed by a sweet and spicy kick. WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey bright and bold with elements of vanilla and oak underneath. It doesn’t taste over-aged by any means, which makes me wonder what a few more years in the barrel might bring.

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At 92 proof & our oldest whiskey, this is the first WhistlePig product finished in Vermont Estate Oak harvested right from our farm. Vermont oak has more rings than the standard oak used in whiskey barrels, and each ring is an opportunity to impart more flavor and depth in the whiskey. With a score of 97 points from Wine Enthusiast and perfected over 15 years, we are proud to offer this pure expression of Vermont’s best. Nose is deep and rich, dominated by caramel, vanilla, and oak with hints of allspice and burnt orange. Palate is aarm, rich, and slightly creamy. Loads of butterscotch and baking spice with leather and a hint of tobacco. Finish is ultra long and rich, warm, and inviting.

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

Additional information

Weight 750 lbs