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Whiskey Evaluate: WhistlePig PiggyBack Massive Papi


Editor’s Notice: This whiskey was offered to us as a assessment pattern by WhistlePig. This under no circumstances, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate consequence of this assessment. It must also be famous that by clicking the purchase hyperlink in direction of the underside of this assessment our web site receives a small referral cost which helps to help, however not affect, our editorial and different prices.

WhistlePig is well-known to rye drinkers and craft distilling fans. From their earliest years placing sourced Canadian rye to good use with steering from craft distilling legend Dave Pickerell, to in the present day’s estate-driven manufacturing of heralded ryes helmed by Head Whiskey Developer Liz Rhoades and Whiskey Blender Meghan Eire, WhistlePig has been a class standout for greater than a decade.

This 12 months, WhistlePig has introduced a collection of releases of their six 12 months aged flagship Piggyback Rye “celebrating residing legends who give 100% within the identify of greatness.” The primary within the collection is a single barrel launch in partnership with newly minted Corridor of Famer David Ortiz, identified to Crimson Sox followers as Massive Papi. On condition that these releases are in partnership with Barstool Sports activities, it appears honest to imagine that forthcoming releases within the collection can even contain completed athletes.

Rye makes up 100% of Piggyback’s mash invoice and the liquid is aged six years in American Oak, however the Massive Papi collection is completed with the addition of toasted DO34 maplewood bats. Few endorsement bottles embrace celeb involvement that really contributes to the flavour of the product, so placing Ortiz’ signature bat to make use of in manufacturing is a enjoyable gimmick. WhistlePig blender Meghan Eire is on the file claiming that “I’ll put something in a barrel as soon as,” and the discharge of those bottles would suggest that the experiment proved value repeating… 

WhistlePig PiggyBack Massive Papi (picture by way of WhistlePig)

Tasting Notes: WhistlePig PiggyBack Massive Papi

Very important Stats: 100% Rye mashbill. Aged 6 years. 48.28% ABV. Retails round $55

Look: Noticeably clear, clear golden colour with medium weight.

Nostril: Candy, burnt sugar with citrus and spice, clove or cinnamon.

Palate: There’s a little bit of burn, however don’t be fooled into pondering this can be a “scorching” pour. It drinks clean, however tongue-tingly spicy. On my preliminary sips practically all I used to be getting on the palate was intense, nondescript spicy tingle. I added a pair drops (and I imply actually two tiny drops of water) and the glass actually opened up. Spice continues to be the star of the present, nevertheless it’s a discernible candy cinnamon spice (suppose cinnamon gum from the checkout line at a co-op grocery retailer) that pops into black pepper.

Because the tingle fades, it leaves behind a relaxed caramel sweetness that prepares the palate for the subsequent sip’s incoming spice.



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