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Simply if you suppose WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases can’t get any weirder, they increase the bar once more. Or not less than they transfer it to thoroughly totally different constructing.
For 2022, the Greek muse-inspired “Siren’s Track” begins as a regular WhistlePig rye which matches from its commonplace bourbon barrels into two sorts of ending barrels: Greek fig nectar and “farm-scratch tentura,” a Greek liqueur originating within the Peloponnesian metropolis of Patras. I needed to look that one up, too. In a primary for the collection, each finishes had been created by WhistlePig itself in Vermont farm — therefore the “farm-scratch” tentura, as it’s not from Greece. The ending liquids had been “made utilizing each Greek and native components, with the tentura cast from cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange peel, and honey.”
In case that’s not uncommon sufficient for you, observe that there are 9 totally different bottle stoppers for this collection, in honor of the 9 muses:
To curate a Boss Hog that’s not like something collectors have seen or sipped earlier than, WhistlePig’s feminine whiskey makers turned to the 9 historic Muses from Greece, who impressed all method of discoveries and creations from science to artwork – and now profound whiskey. One of many 9 Muses and her respective arts grace every bottle within the type of a bespoke pewter topper, with the total set of 9 randomly distributed on bottles throughout the nation. The Siren’s Track title hails from the Greek Sirens, daughters of Muses who allured admirers with their melodious name, and now beckons collectors to amass all 9. Collectors might be fortuitous to acquire a bottle capped with Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy and most restricted bottle providing.
Our pattern bottle is topped by Erato, the muse of erotic poetry, amongst different issues.
“Yearly The Boss Hog is larger, bolder, and extra stupendous than the final. We’re consistently trialing new finishes to search out the following greatest whiskey expertise, and in true WhistlePig style, this 12 months’s version is a world’s first,” stated Meghan Eire, Head Blender at WhistlePig. “Our ambition to unlock the last word taste complexity – and the nectar and tentura, which had been new trials in and of themselves – was properly definitely worth the problem as soon as we landed the ultimate product.”
“You could possibly say the Greek Muses guided us towards the invention and persistence of making Siren’s Track,” stated Liz Rhoades, Head of Whiskey Growth at WhistlePig. “In visiting Greece this summer time to supply components and be taught from specialists at an unique tentura distillery, we had been drawn to the distinctly distinctive flavors of Greece and the way they’d work together with the daring taste of our aged Rye Whiskey. We are able to’t look forward to followers and collectors to take pleasure in The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Track. Yamas!”
As a closing observe, this launch can also be distinctive among the many Boss Hog bottlings as a result of it’s the first within the collection with out an age assertion.
OK, sufficient prologue. Able to dive in? I don’t blame you in case you’re cautious, however as you’ll quickly see, you needn’t be: That is an incredible, and wholly distinctive, whiskey.
You want solely crack the bottle to turn into immersed in an insane degree of candy fig aromas, with notes of ginger secondary, adopted by cinnamon and nutmeg. Your complete affair is sort of festive — it is a excellent vacation sipper — and it virtually begs to be consumed whereas sporting your most interesting Christmas sweater. The palate is inviting and instantly pours on these baking spices: cinnamon, clove, and raisin notes backed by plums and cherries. The flavors are reminscent of Swedish glögg — solely denser and, in fact, filtered by way of high quality rye whiskey. The expertise modestly evolves within the glass, shifting from brazen spice notes to a peppery, flippantly woody observe that tempers the baking cupboard, ultimately returning to the clearer fig component for the end. Notes of maple and a enjoyable amaretto component linger on the prolonged fade-out.
I totally acknowledge that this description sounds such as you’re about to detonate a sugar bomb, however miraculously the whiskey has a steadiness to it that by no means comes throughout as cloying or medicinal. Whereas it really works greatest after dinner with dessert or as a digestif, it’s actually a lot enjoyable that I’d sip on it nearly any time. Particularly over the vacations.
106.2 proof as reviewed (bottles differ from 102.5 to 106.2 relying on barrel). Reviewed: Barrel #2.
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