Bottler: WhistlePig Farm
Score: 88 points
This is WhistlePig’s first attempt at a wine cask finish for its Rye whiskies, and uses French Sauternes casks to finish off Rye distilled at MGP-I in Indiana. The Old World Series will have three different editions: the Sauternes, Madeira, and Port cask finishes.
The nose has notes of green grapes, clove and muted spices, oak, baked apples, and bread dough. The taste is tart with lemon zest, green apples, green grapes, and touches of cinnamon and black pepper. The finish turns buttery with lingering cinnamon and black pepper notes and a hint of citrus. (April, 2015)