This is a 12 year 95% rye (MGP) expression from Whistlepig that is a blend of finishes: 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes, and 7% Port. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Big, sweeping rye with very sweet overtures including heavy vanilla and honey drizzled buttermilk biscuits. Balanced nicely with a dose of black peppercorns.
Palate: Heavily spiced rye with cardamom and caraway, fresh rye bread profile which I really enjoy with some dry oak. Still rather sweet here as the Sauternes stands out to me with a dessert wine profile.
Finish: Oak continues to dry out with rye bread lingering alongside raisins.
Rating: 86/100 – My first Whistlepig expression (the recent ousting of their CEO has inspired me to try one finally) and I have to say it’s pretty interesting. The finishing in wine casks works quite well here.
Value for the money: This retails around $130 which I think is on the high side (along with their other expressions). I’d buy a bottle of this around $80 as I think it has a tough competition against High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram.