This rare release is the result of a long-awaited experiment in how grain affects flavor early in the whiskey-making process, in particular, the bygone practice of malting rye. The Double Malt mash bill innovates on a traditional practice of malting a small portion of the rye harvest, as done by farmer distillers before industrial whiskey-making processes were established.
“To harness this tradition for our oldest expression of WhistlePig yet, we selected a whiskey distilled from 79% rye, 15% malted rye, and 6% malted barley. These grains form a harmony that spans the flavor spectrum, at once soft and floral, rich and savory, and full of spice. Its complexity is only heightened after 18 years in the barrel.” – Pete Lynch, Master Blender