Vermont based distillery WhistlePig has revealed its latest spirit to the UK – Piggyback 100% Rye.
Having aged for 6 years, the whisky is said to be a culmination of the late master distiller Dave Pickerell’s passion for Rye.
The pig on the bottle is not wearing its traditional top hat but instead a Stetson, which is said to be Pickerell's trademark hat, in a touching tribute.
It’s bottled at 48.28% and has an RRP of £45. The whisky will be available from mid-July through selected specialist retailers and in leading on trade accounts across the UK.
The producer has described the drink as having notes of fresh cinnamon and black peppercorn mingle on the nose, a spicy mouthfeel with notes of cocoa, cardamom, and cured leather flavours, concluded with a lengthy finish with hints of citrus throughout.
Jeff Kozak, CEO of WhistlePig said: “On behalf of Dave Pickerell, and all of us here at WhistlePig, we are proud to share the latest expression in our unparalleled offering of aged rye whiskies to the UK, one of Dave’s final creations. PiggyBack 100% Rye is a gift from our late legendary distiller to his friends across the country and around the world, and of course, the bartenders who helped forge the WhistlePig brand from the very beginning.”
WhistlePig PiggyBack full bottle
Dan Priseman, UK & European Steward of the Brand, followed up: “We are excited to reveal Piggyback 100% Rye to the UK, particularly across the on trade where we’re building advocacy and support for the brand across some of. The UK’s most influential and exciting bars. Our first ever cocktail competition culminates at the launch event allowing us to put the liquid in front of 12 of the most creative bartenders in the UK, whilst immersing them in the world of WhistlePig and our approach to mixology.”
More information on the product can be found here.