WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye Whiskey Review

by Ernie Ayres on January 29, 2013

WhistlePig Review

This 100% Rye Whiskey is sourced from Canada and bottled on the WhistlePig farm in Shoreham, Vermont. This is our second review for a Vermont based whiskey. The first was Cabin Fever Maple Whisky, which is one of our most popular posts so hopefully this WhistlePig 100/00 Straight Rye Whiskey review will rank up there as well!

Normally, I don’t like Canadian whiskey. Come to think of it, I don’t usually like Rye whiskey either. However, I have never had a 100 percent rye whiskey from Canada before. According to US regulations, in order to be labeled as a rye whiskey it should be at least 51% rye. The folks at WhistlePig, however, decided to be overachievers! Even though it’s a Canadian Rye, I have to admit that I was looking forward to reviewing 100/100. Everyone that I spoke to or read about online said this one of of the best whiskies they have ever tasted.

The 100/100 name comes from it being 100% straight rye and it is bottled at 100 proof. It’s aged for a minimum of 10 years and is limited to only 1,000 cases. Rye Whiskey can only be called “straight” if it is aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years. From what I can gather, WhistlePig  will start producing the whiskey on the Shoreham, Vermont farm eventually. I’m very interested to see what happens with 100/100 at that point. My bet is that the 100/100 label will be retired and they will make a new line of whiskies.

Pouring the 100/100 sample into one of my favorite Old Fashioned Glasses, the color was a clear, deep gold amber. That got my hopes up that there will be a fair amount of a woody flavor in there. Patience…

WhistlePig Rye Retail

WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye Whiskey Retail Bottle

The label is simple and tasteful. I would say elegant, but a drawing of a smoking pig doesn’t exactly ooze elegance. It’s definitely playful. The sample bottles that I was sent are the coolest sample bottles that I have received yet! They’re very reminiscent of old moonshine bottles with the cork stopping the top. I have only seen the standard store-bought bottles on the interwebs, so I will defer commenting on those for now. If I happen to stumble a bottle at one of my local liquor stores, I’ll be sure to update this post.

At first whiff, I got a good bit of spice-nutmeg, allspice, then a sharp orange peel, followed by a vanilla hint, and subtle burnt oak. Oddly enough, I didn’t get nearly the alcohol overtone I was expecting for a 100 proof whiskey! The initial nose was so smooth that I did not add any water.

The taste is what was so surprising. It’s sweet upfront with a complex and fantastic balance of rye with a hint of vanilla and a slight touch of honey. The back end was brought up with a subtle oak flavor. In a word, I would say that this whiskey is creamy! And just like the nose, the taste was so smooth that I didn’t feel the need to add water, even though this is 100 proof!

The majority of the taste fades quickly but it leaves a sweet and spicy taste lingering for a few seconds. Absolutely fantastic!

WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye Whiskey receives a 9.5 out of 10 Noses! This is a whiskey that you must find to add to your collection! Seeing as I could not find it locally, and I live in a state where one cannot purchase liquor online and have it shipped here, I’m not sure how long it will be before I can add this to my collection. If your state does allow you to have it shipped to your home, you can buy it through Amazon for under $70USD for a 750ml bottle. If I see this locally at $70USD, I’ll pick it up. Or if they decided to make air fresheners…I’d pick a few of those up!

Extra credit for reading this: The fine folks at WhistlePig actually sent me two expressions to review. This 100/100 and the slightly sharper, Tripleone. Triple one, as in 111 Proof! Initially I was going to do a double review like I did last time with Penderyn but this review ran too long so I’m saving that one for a later date. Be sure to look for that as it’s another great pour from WhistlePig!

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