Whistle Pig 12 Year Rye - Finished Custom Bespoke Blend - Breaking Bourbon Private Barrel Pick - "Drink for Evil" 750 ml

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SBC #30 “I Drink for Evil”
Name: WhistlePig 12 Year Finished Rye (Custom blend - 20% Sauternes, 65% Madeira, 15% Port)
Classification: Blend of Straight Ryes Finished in Sauternes, Madeira, and Port Barrels
Company: WhistlePig
Distillery: Undisclosed
Age: 17 Years
Proof: 86
Mashbill: 94% Rye, 6% Malted Barley
Yield: 132 Bottles
Release Date: November 2020

Referred to as their “Bespoke” blend, a reference to each blend being made specifically for a given consumer, this is a custom blend of three 12 year old ryes. One finished in Sauternes casks, one finished in Madeira casks, and one finished in Port barrels. Each finish presented a very different flavor profile, and the task at hand would be finding our favorite blend within the required parameters: Sauternes 20-70%, Madeira 30-80%, and Port 0-20%.

After first trying some blends that completely eliminated the Port finish, we quickly realized that was not the way to oak. The Port finished rye provided a rich quality that significantly complemented the test blends, so that was off the table. Next we tried pushing the Port finish to the max 20%, with Sauternes and Madeira in equal balance. Strangely, this was a bit too much Port finish! This meant pulling it back some, and left us with the final decision - do we go heavy on the Sauternes finish, Madeira finish, or keep them in equal balance? We put together a handful of blends testing different configurations and ultimately discovered a heavier Madeira finished component yielded a better overall result. Finally, we adjusted the Port finished component ever-so-slightly to get the right mix. We landed on a custom blend of 65% Madeira finish, 20% Sauternes finish, and 15% Port finish. The most complex blend of all we had tested, and one that featured dark fruit highlighted by subtle complementary spice and oak notes with a delicious earthy undertone.

Because of the inherent contrast between these two WhistlePig picks, we wanted to come up with a sticker concept where the two would contrast one another, basically a yin-yang feel but not as simple. We’re often fans of nostalgic references from our younger years, and The “Rye” Who Shagged Me concept was born! Playing off the 1999 film, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” sequel to the original 1997 film, “Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery,” we landed on one of our most fun concepts yet. Just like Mike Myers plays both Austin Powers and his arch nemesis, the supervillain Dr. Evil, we tied them together in much the same way with the same cartoon pig as Dr. Evil in sticker number two. And oh yeah...we didn’t forget about Mini-Me either! Enjoy!

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