Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Years Old

Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Years Old

A whistle-pig is another name for a groundhog. It is now also a compelling straight rye whiskey from Vermont — hardly the first state that comes to mind when you talk whiskey.

When they say straight rye, they mean it. WhistlePig is a rare 100% rye, aged for 10 years and bottled at 100 proof. Round numbers. Easy to remember.

In the glass, this is impressive stuff. Crafted by Dave Pickerell, a 14-year veteran of Maker’s Mark, this rye is characteristically spicy, with pepper and ginger notes laced atop a moderately sweet (but not overly so) core. Nicely balanced, the elements are all in harmony here, though that spice — coupled with the kick of extra alcohol — is always at the forefront. The finish offers notes of coal, reminding you this is not a vanilla-scented Bourbon but rather a rye.

Pricey, to be sure, but in a world with too-few high-grade rye whiskeys, it’s worth it.

100 proof.


WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Years Old




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. In With Bacchus on December 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    WhistlePig is some good stuff. It managed to redeem Canadian rye for me. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive. Although, I’m actually rather glad it is. Keeps me from wallowing in it.

  2. cange on December 10, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Now this is a cool bottle design! What was the whiskey with the huge angel wings on it? I might drink from an angel bottle if I were married to that chick from ‘Touched by an Angel.’ ‘Sloshed by an Angel’? (Sorry)

  3. Christopher Null on December 10, 2010 at 9:16 am
  4. St. Spike on June 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Meh — I actually find WhistlePig to be one of the most overhyped Ryes out there. If you’re going to spend that much, do yourself a favor and spend the extra for the Hudson. If you’d rather spend less, opt for the Templeton. Either way WhistlePig is just a bad value.

  5. TJ on March 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I really enjoy this whiskey, but it always astounds me that nobody else tastes cinnamon. I get overwhelming notes of cinnamon, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I don’t care what anyone says: Whistlepig 100% 10 year rye is excellent.

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