WhistlePig Old World was released in June of 2015. While Whistle Pig didn't distill this rye, they did double barrel, blend, and bottle it at their farm in Shoreham, Vermont. This 'Old World' rye whiskey is a blend that has been finished in three different wine casks; 63% in Madeira casks, 30% in French Sauternes, and 7% in Port casks.
12 years old
Nose: A combination of red fruits reminiscent of a homemade jam. Bright rye spice, maple syrup, subtle char, and a nice herbal undertone.
Taste: Complex and flavorful. White Zinfandel entry which moves into pepper spice, roasted grains, and a subtle cotton candy.
Finish: Extremely smooth with rye spice, oak, and a lingering fruitiness.
Conclusion: There is a lot of complexity with WhistlePig Old World. The red fruits and rye spice make for a sweet/spicy whiskey that is uniquely balanced. That being said, you guys know how I feel about whiskey finished in wine barrels, and at $130 a bottle, this isn't something I can justify pulling the trigger on.
My Rating: B (Good)