Updated: Jan 22
WhistlePig 13 yr. (MGP) - Moreno's - 57.8%
Context: Back when Smooth Ambler discontinued their single barrel rye program (~2015), the only game in town for quality, cask strength, single barrel rye was WhistlePig. They were about $100 a pop (after tax in Chicago) and featured consistently good Alberta rye. Around 1.5-2 years ago, a bunch of 12+ year MGP barrels hit the market - instant buzz, favorable reviews. This barrel dropped February 2019.
Nose: Oak. Dill. Apple. Baking spice. It’s a classic, fantastic MGP nose. The extra aging has provided plenty of depth (leather, deep oak char and spice) filling out the dill/herbal notes, leaving them less punchy and boozy.
Flavor: Savory and herbal up front before the oak gives way to honey crisp apples and caramel. The finish is oak driven with background fresh herbs.
Palate Structure: Dense and chewy. The oak expands and takes over the palate while still delivering all the fruit and sweets. Killer rolling transitions. It's long and intense.
Alcohol Integration: Very little heat, but the high ABV here translates to insanely rich concentration.
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Score: 9 (Stash Two) Side-by-side, this barrel out drank a handful of cask strength MGP ryes (SAOS 7-9 year, Redemption 8 yr. Batch One). The extra oak influence noticeably rounded and filled things out. I wasn't able to stash two, but I've tucked away a handful of samples for future comparison. One of the best MGP ryes I've had to date.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Wish I Was Drinking Something Else
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour