WhistlePig preparing two new additions to the PiggyBack family: a single-barrel rye and 100% corn bourbon
WhistlePig is preparing to release two new bottlings under the PiggyBack brand, a new rye and a bourbon. The rye is a new single barrel selection offering with an unconventional barrel finish, and the bourbon uses a 100% corn mashbill that is distilled and aged by WhistlePig.
Starting with WhistlePig PiggyBack Single Barrel Rye, it appears that the distillery will be adding PiggyBack to their private barrel selection program. WhistlePig already offers up their 10-, 12- and 15-year ryes as single barrel selections. The 12-year program is slightly different as selections are barrel finished in one or more used casks, such as madeira, port or sauternes.
It appears that this new single barrel rye offering will follow in the footsteps of the 12-year program as a barrel-finished whiskey. After aging for six years in new oak barrels, it is finished in Revolution Brewing's V.S.O.J. barleywine barrels, which is itself aged in used bourbon barrels. It's unclear if different barrel finishes will be available. This rye will continue to be sourced from Canada.
WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon is a unique and surprising new offering from the company. WhistlePig's first bourbon release just hit shelves this summer in the form of a 51% corn, 49% rye bottled-in-bond bourbon, distilled by WhistlePig and aged in Vermont for four years. However, that doesn't appear to be the company's first bourbon: this 6-year old release was distilled by WhistlePig about two years earlier and is distilled from an unconventional 100% corn mash bill.
Both of these new PiggyBack offerings will be offered at the same 96.56 proof that the original release is bottled at, which is a tribute to the 1956 birth year of late WhistlePig master distiller Dave Pickerell.
No details are available yet about release or pricing. WhistlePig's TTB approvals tend to be months ahead of release, so we may not see these hit shelves until early 2022.