From aging their whiskey in Armagnac casks to finishing it with Japanese Umeshu, the folks at Whistle Pig Distillery are no strangers to experimentation. In fact, so steadfast are they in the pursuit of fine rye, that they created an annual release to showcase their efforts — The Boss Hog. For the latest release of this iconic line, WhistlePig took to the high seas in search of uncharted waters.
Clocking in between 105.1 and 107.8 proof, the Boss Hog VII is no slouch when it comes to barrel strength whiskeys. And with its unique aging process, this one has some bite to match its bark. Starting its life with seventeen years spent in American Oak barrels, next Boss Hog VII made the jump to Spanish staves. Though a notoriously difficult cask to work with, WhistlePig managed to develop a strong base from the northern Spanish oak, with rich notes of cinnamon and allspice. Never ones to settle, WhistlePig then moved Boss Hog VII once again — this time to find its finish in South American teakwood. What results is a rye whiskey featuring plenty of spice, with subtle hints of caraway and caramel. Pre-order today for $500 with shipping starting mid-October.