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WhistlePig 15 year old Vermont Estate Oak Straight Rye Whisky, 46%

Price: $200 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

WhistlePig does nothing by half measures. They had massive oak trees culled from their Vermont property, coopered into heavily-charred barrels, then used them to finish batches of already mature 100% rye. Layer on layer of soft vanilla, old lumber, cinnamon, fresh orange peels, baking spice, dark fruits, and medicinal hints of resin. Peppery hot and oakily sweet. A slight dustiness and a big juicy butterscotch kiss.