American rye whiskey producer WhistlePig has teamed with wood pellet grill specialist Traeger Grills on a new smoked whiskey designed to fit well with summer barbecues. Known as SmokeStock Wood Fired Whiskey, it is available now.
SmokeStock Wood Fired Whiskey, according to those behind it, is aged in American Oak No. 3 char barrels and then smoked slow and low with Traeger’s all-natural Apple BBQ wood. The limited edition whiskey is further smoked during the proofing process to impart what’s described as “campfire smoke and subtle savory notes alongside WhistlePig’s signature bold and spice-forward style.”
“WhistlePig is known for pushing boundaries in the name of quality and great taste. Nothing matches our big, complex flavor better than a shared meal, which is why we created our first ever smoked whiskey with the brand that invented wood fired flavor,” said Meghan Ireland, WhistlePig Blender, in a prepared statement. “SmokeStock is a nod to the American cookout season, and we can’t wait to see how customers make it their own. Personally, I recommend enjoying it lakeside, alongside a rack of wood-fired ribs!”
“The work of two great, authentic brands, always makes for an incredible story to tell,” added Todd Smith, CMO of Traeger Grills. “It’s been fun to collaborate with the WhistlePig team on their SmokeStock whiskey, infused with delicious wood fired flavor for ultimate summer sipping. We’re excited to push these summer flavors even farther into the fall with the launch of a limited edition Traeger x WhistlePig whiskey-infused rub and sauce, as well as a wood pellet made from recycled WhistlePig whiskey barrels.”
As mentioned above, the two brands are collaborating on more than just simply a smoked rye whiskey. Fans can find recipes and discover how SmokeStock is crafted via a QR code on the back of each bottle. Falling on the heels of the SmokeStock Wood Fired Whiskey release, Traeger and WhistlePig are also launching a line of consumables later this fall.
WhistlePig SmokeStock Whiskey is available online at shop.whistlepigwhiskey.com starting today, and hitting store shelves across the US this summer for around $73 per 750ml bottle. Official tasting notes are below.
- Nose – Smoky notes with hints of leather and vanilla
- Palate – Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy apple and slight savory notes of barbecue.
- Finish – Long and smoky with our signature Rye finish
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