Veteran Rye Review: Whistlepig Piggyback Rye



Mash bill

100% Rye


6 Years


96.56 Proof


MSRP $49, Purchase Price $49 (2022)

“Purchase Whistlepig PiggyBack at Caskers Here!”

Official Product Website

History – WhistlePig is using the past and advancing the future of Rye whiskey through its innovation and persistence in always striving to push the bar higher. “Whistlepig began when we purchased our farm in 2007. After a few years of deep consideration and personal reflection we committed ourselves to crafting the world’s finest and most interesting Rye Whiskeys. With help from Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, we discovered and purchased an incredible stock of 10 year old blending Whiskey in Canada that was being profoundly misused. That initial stock, for which we are forever grateful, is what kicked off our grand adventure.”


Value – At $49.99, I believe it is a tad overpriced. Nevertheless, I would continue to buy.

Appearance – Copper-colored rye in a bottle with a medium neck and a heart-shaped body sitting on a small base. The stamped WP on the back of the bottle adds a nice touch.

Nose – The nose is immediately noticeable due to the rich butterscotch. That pleasant first aroma is followed by hot cinnamon spice.

Palate – The palate has that authentic 100% rye spice. The heat is complemented with butterscotch notes, as well as hints of oak. A well-orchestrated palate.

Finish – A mild cinnamon warm aftertaste. Finishing notes of oak, butterscotch, and tobacco linger for approximately 10 seconds.

Summary – In summary, I was surprised this 100% rye had less heat than the George Dickel 95% rye I recently reviewed. Overall a good drink that I enjoyed and recommend. “Here’s to the PiggyBack ride you all deserve!” -Dave Pickerell

WhistlePig has a good product on its hands with this one. It has been well-rounded in every phase of this review. I am excited to try the rest of their ryes!

Eric Watkins

Uniqueness- 1-10 – 6

Appearance- 1-10 – 8

Nose- 1-20 – 13

Palate- 1-20 – 14

Finish- 1-20 – 15

Value- 1-20 – 12


“Purchase Whistlepig PiggyBack at Caskers Here!”

Reviewed by:

Eric Watkins on 12/26/2022

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