WhistlePig Whiskey notches a milestone this spring with the release of two 100% grain-to-glass whiskeys from the WhistlePig Farm.
WhistlePig FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye and FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon are the first products made entirely of the company’s own distillate.
Both new whiskeys were harvested, distilled, aged and bottled at the WhistlePig Farm and Distillery in Shoreham, VT.
By “Beyond Bonded,” WhistlePig means that its whiskey is not only Bottled-in-Bond, but also single barrel, fully traceable at every step of the Farm-to-bottle journey, the company says, and bottled at 100.1 proof, just beyond the bonded whiskey standard.
WhistlePig will offer only 24 barrels of this rye and 16 barrels of the bourbon in the 2021.
WhistlePig’s FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye is a straight rye whiskey made from 100% Remington Rye harvested from the North Orwell 1 field of the distillery’s 500-acre farm.
FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon is a straight bourbon whiskey made with a high rye mash bill, with 51% Dent Corn and 49% Remington and Rifle Rye varietals, harvested from North Orwell 1 and North Orwell 2 fields.
Both aged for upwards of four years in Vermont Estate Oak barrels, produced from local Vermont oak. The oldest barrel in the release aged for four years, 8 months and 14 days.
WhistlePig FarmStock fans can trace the farm-to-bottle journey via a unique QR code on the label. Each code reveals 30 facts about their individual whiskey, the company says, from growing conditions to fermentation days to barrel specs to the bottling team.
“Today’s craft spirits drinkers, especially whiskey collectors, are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about process,” says Jeff Kozak, CEO. “After working toward a 100% Farm whiskey vision for more than a decade, our team is proud to invite WhistlePig fans to look under the hood at who, where, when and how our grain-to-glass whiskey is created, and to offer a one-of-a-kind experience from each barrel.”
Hitting shelves across the U.S. this month, both Beyond Bonded Rye and Bourbon retail for a suggested price $99.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
The next limited release of Beyond Bonded is expected in Spring 2022.
“Beyond Bonded has been our most ambitious experiment to date. Whiskey making is a labor of love, with challenges at every step of the process” says Emily Harrison, WhistlePig distiller. “In Vermont, the short growing season and extreme temperatures make for much tougher farming than in the south. After harvest, Rye is a notoriously difficult grain to distill, but we’ve always believed that the benefits of its complexity are well worth the effort. FarmStock Beyond Bonded shows its incredible potential once again, in both Rye and Bourbon. Seeing it leave the Farm is a dream come true.”
Beyond Bonded Rye follows WhistlePig’s original FarmStock Rye Crop series, released between 2017 and 2019, blending WhistlePig Farm Rye with other aged, sourced, straight rye whiskeys.