My relationship with Whistle Pig goes back pretty much to their beginning. Their master distiller David Pickerell (who is now widely considered to be the father of the craft whiskey movement) & I became pretty close friends back in the Restaurant Nicholas days. He even came to the restaurant a bunch of times before his passing to host dinners. I think I may have even had the first-ever private barrel release from them back in the day.
It’s always an amazing score when you can manage to pick out your own single barrel from a distillery like Whistle Pig. They really always deliver such amazing value, it’s no wonder they’ve become as successful as they have. I first started picking out my own barrels with the Boss Hog himself, the late, great Dave Pickerell nearly a decade ago! It’s been pretty incredible to see his vision come to light and the ridiculously high standards he set still followed to the degree it is. This is my third 6-year barrel and it’s absolutely gorgeous. So many bold, rich flavors all so perfectly in sync with one another. A delicious fall treat.
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True whiskey and Knob Creek enthusiasts are going to go nuts for this one. Knob Creek Rye is as outstanding as it is rare but today we’re lucky enough to bring to you, my own single barrel of it. This is a big gold expression of Rye that holds nothing back. On the nose, there are hints of dill, rye and essence of charred oak. On the palate, you are hit over the head with baking spice, honey and freshly baked bread. The finish is certainly a warm “Kentucky Hug” that goes on forever.
Our special relationship with the red-hot Wyoming Whiskey has given us some incredible opportunities. We had a ‘Steamboat’ Whiskey that was previously only for the state of Wyoming as well as our own private barrel. Now, we’ve got their super limited production of Outryder Rye. It’s not a bourbon. It’s not a true rye. The result is a incredibly unique spirit that’s great for sipping or making cocktails. This Straight American Whiskey is a blend of two distinct mashbills, an almost Rye Whiskey and a High Rye Bourbon, that represents Wyoming Whiskey’s first use of Rye.