WhistlePig is a Vermont-based distillery that’s probably best known for their 100 proof WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Whiskey, Canadian whiskey finished in bourbon barrels in the US. But I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to review a WhistlePig 10 year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey selection from Potomac Wine and Spirits in Washington DC.
Based on the back label, this particular single barrel rye is sourced from Canada. I mention this because WhistlePig has been known to source Canadian and MGP rye (from Indiana) for single barrels. Even though the label states 10 years, Potomac Wine and Spirits confirmed that their single barrel is actually 16 years old! It’s like buying 10 years and getting 6 for free. Sixteen years is quite an extraordinary age for rye whiskey, and even more uncommon since it’s also cask strength (my favorite). As a side note, WhistlePig has faced some controversy for their poor labeling around where the whiskey is from, so it’s entirely possible that it’s MGP rye, but the age is a strong indicator that it’s Canadian. Enough speculation though, let’s get to the facts of this extra-aged rye in this Potomac Wine and Spirits WhistlePig 10 Year Single Barrel Rye whiskey review.