This is a 10 year Whistlepig rye single barrel selected by Broudy’s liquor store with Bourbonr. It’s bottled at 55.9% ABV.
Nose: Big cinnamon and honey nuts up front followed by strong pickle/dill notes. Vanilla pops up with a little bit of brown sugar.
Palate: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front with the dill persisting here. Earthy oak and candied apples.
Finish: Cinnamon lingers with dry oak and candy apple rings.
Rating: 83/100 – An average single barrel rye.
Value for the money: Looks like this retails around $90 or so, and like all Whistlepig expressions in my mind, it’s vastly overpriced. I think this would be an ok bottle around $50.
Edit: Others have pointed out to me that this is Alberta Premium distillate – not MGP.
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.