Old World Series: Madeira Finish, Straight Rye Whiskey

ABV 45%
REVIEWED Issue 129
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Brand: WhistlePig
Expression: Old World Series: Madeira Finish, Straight Rye Whiskey
Type: USA Whisky / Rye
Age: 12 years old
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 45%
Country/Region: USA
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: A closed nose which delivers a hint of Assam tea, coffee, and some sweetness.
Palate: The coffee comes through hand-in-hand with a spicy yet sweet tone. I could sip this as it is or mix it.
Finish: A big, spicy finish with a hit of popping candy.
Comment: Surely a high rye content here? A good all rounder for your cabinet.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Apricot and orange marmalade with thick cut, sweet vanilla oak. White winey fruit and a barley-like note. Bitter chocolate adds balance.
Palate: Opens with syrup and honey coated late harvested white grape and orange conserve. Lightly earthy with some developing crisp spice. Subtly oaked with late herbal rye and pepper.
Finish: Long, with a light toasted marzipan note. Slightly austere as the alcohol cuts through the sweetness; a pleasantly dusty spiced after-taste.
Comment: Although the alcohol balances the sweetness, I think it’s one for those of you with a sweet tooth!
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