WhistlePig out of Vermont is one particular American distillery not afraid to embrace finishing whiskey in various wood types. You see that often with their higher end Boss Hog offerings, as well as their ongoing Old World expression. Though they have yet to say much about it publicly, an interesting new variant has been trickling into a few retailers that’s finished in a type of wood more commonly used for aging some cachaça, a popular Brazilian spirit.
WhistlePig Old World Cask Finish 100% Amburana (image via The Whisky Exchange)
the whiskey started out at MGP Ingredients in Indiana, made using the distillery’s 95% rye/5% malted barley recipe that is the base for many of the great American ryes available today. It was matured in new 200-litre American-oak barrels – medium/long toast and char 3. While the label says 12 years, it was actually 13-and-a-half years before the folks at WhistlePig decided to add their own twist to it.
They sourced new amburana casks from the Kentucky branch of the Speyside Cooperage and filled them with the now-mature rye for just ten days. That’s all it took to turn the whiskey from being a classic MGP rye into the complex beast it now is.
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