WhistlePig announced recently the release of its newest Boss Hog premium rye whiskey offering, presenting as an expression double cask finished in barrels tied to Greek style alcoholic beverages.
The new The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song, according to those behind it, is said to be “inspired by the creativity of the Greek Muses – and marks the first release for which the cask finishes were crafted by WhistlePig Whiskey themselves.” To this end, the whiskey is aged in American Oak and double cask finished in WhistlePig’s own Greek fig nectar and farm-scratch tentura, a Greek liqueur originating in the Peloponnesian city of Patras.
Both finishes were created by WhistlePig on their Vermont farm using both Greek and local ingredients, with the tentura forged from cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange peel and honey. The WhistlePig team took a trip to Greece recently to help them in preparing to put this expression together.
“Every year The Boss Hog is bigger, bolder and more stupendous than the last. We are constantly trialing new finishes to find the next best whiskey experience, and in true WhistlePig fashion, this year’s edition is a world’s first,” said Meghan Ireland, Head Blender at WhistlePig, in a prepared statement. “Our ambition to unlock the ultimate flavor complexity – and the nectar and tentura, which were new trials in and of themselves – was well worth the challenge once we landed the final product.”
“You could say the Greek Muses guided us toward the discovery and persistence of creating Siren’s Song,” added Liz Rhoades, Head of Whiskey Development at WhistlePig. “In visiting Greece this summer to source ingredients and learn from experts at an original tentura distillery, we were drawn to the distinctly unique flavors of Greece and how they would interact with the bold flavor of our aged Rye Whiskey. We can’t wait for fans and collectors to indulge in The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song. Yamas!”
Given the Greek Muses theme for this bottling, “one of the nine Muses and her respective arts grace each bottle in the form of a bespoke pewter topper, with the full set of nine randomly distributed on bottles across the nation. The Siren’s Song name hails from the Greek Sirens, daughters of Muses who allured admirers with their melodious call, and now beckons collectors to amass all nine.
“Collectors will be fortuitous to obtain a bottle capped with Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy and most limited bottle offering.”
The limited-edition Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song is available in a 750ml bottle and is bottled at proof, between 102.5-106.2 (51.3%-53.1% ABV), with a suggested retail price of around $600. Siren’s Song is being old at a variety of premium liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the nation, and collectors can authenticate their bottle using NFC technology on the back label.
Official tasting notes indicate “on the nose, orange blossom is followed by ambrosial floral notes, dried fruit and a hint of brown sugar. When tasting, notes of cinnamon and clove fade into black cherry, and the finish is rich with jammy fig nectar and WhistlePig’s classic Rye spice.”
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