WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey Crop #3

WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey Crop #3


  • Brand:WhistlePig
  • Categories:Rye Whiskey, Whiskey
  • ABV:43%
  • FarmStock Rye Crop No. 003 is the third release of our limited edition annual Triple Terroir Whiskey™ – created from our rye grain, distilled and proofed with our water, and aged in our custom Vermont White Oak. This year’s release is a historical step for us – the first ever majority WhistlePig Whiskey. Comprised of 52% of our 3-year-old Rye Whiskey, blended with 31% 6-year aged whiskey and 17% 10 year aged whiskey from Alberta, Canada. The nose is sweet and aromatic with vanilla, maraschino, roasted chestnuts and hints of cigar box. On the palate, there are notes of oak, toffee and baking spices followed by softer notes of creme brulee and rose petals. The finish is warm and lasting with a pleasant rye spice.


WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey Crop #3

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This is a whiskey that plays easily on center stage with no help from water, ice, or other accoutrement that might accompany a mixed drink. That is not to say that it should only be enjoyed neat, but it has enough character to entertain the taste buds without becoming overwhelming.

With ice you actually loose a bit of its body making it disappear from the glass all too quickly. If you are in the mood to chat and linger, I would order it neat.

The folks at WhistlePig seem to be taking a higher path and for that I thank them. This Vermont based farm and distillery is taking the American craft of whiskey distilling to the same place farm to table restaurants have been taking food over the past decade or so. They are growing their own oak for some of their barrels.

They are also producing their own grains, and and an increasing amount of that is being delivered as their own high-quality whiskey to the bottle (this batch (No. 3) was the first batch to utilize a majority of their own whiskey as the base) – that is when they take their ingenuity to the next level by combining their flavors with not one but two other whiskeys for this release (sourced from Canada).

From their experimentation, the Farmstock Rye No. 003 is a picture of life on a Vermont farm in a glass. It is loaded with the sights and smells of a working farm, just waiting for the drinker to tuck in and be taken for a ride through the hilly, multi-colored, leafy countryside.

Tasting Notes: WhistlePig Farmstock Rye No. 003

Vital Stats: 86 proof; three straight whiskies were blended to create the final product (52% WhistlePig 3-year-old rye whiskey, 31% 6-year-aged whiskey, 17% 10-year-aged whiskey from Alberta, Canada); bottled at 86 proof; prices around $75 per 750 ml bottle.

Appearance:: The coloring on this whiskey is a light yellow, almost the shade of unvarnished pine.

Nose: Soft and inviting. Some whiskeys have a sharp or medicinal twang, but WhistlePig Farmstock No. 003 is easy on the sinuses one waft after another. I find that notes of vanilla, creamy, soft caramel, a hint of citrus and pine needles are all present. After a few wafts, there are some floral notes that will peak your interest as well.

Palate: There is a light heat. It is only visiting vs. an unwanted guest who overstays their welcome. The predominant flavors were leather, wax and the distinct earthy flavor of oak. Secondary notes were clove and black pepper on the back of the tongue with a bite of cinnamon. Scorched orange peel made an entrance and was accompanied by the gentle hint of green grass as well.

The texture was buttery and smooth.



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