The name says it all. This is our biggest, most profound Whiskey for the Boss Hog in all of us. We commit 5 promises to each edition of The Boss Hog: single barrel, bottled at barrel proof, powerfully complex, distinctly unique from anything we have ever done, and stupendous.
This Fifth Edition, The Spirit Of Mauve, is a celebration of Mauve, one of our founding celebrity pigs. Mauve's lover, Mortimer, was tragically defending her honor in 2014, and was memorialized in The Boss Hog, IInd Edition, The Spirit of Mortimer, Mauve heroically persevered for the sake of their son, Mortimer Jr, but sadly joined Mortimer in heaven this Valentine's Day. The pain of a broken heart can prove too much for even the strongest of pigs. The Spirit Of Mauve is a 13 Year Straight Rye Whiskey finished in Calvados Casks in honor of Mauve's undying love for apples. The result is extraordinary. A fine balance between American power and French sophistication. There's nothing else like it.
On the rare occasion that Dave Pickerell’s five promises are realized, we release a whiskey that epitomizes WhistlePig’s odyssey to unlock the potential of Rye Whiskey.
The Boss Hog Edition 六 is the first American Whiskey finished using Japanese Umeshu, the result of a true collaboration between WhistlePig and Kitaya brewery on Japan’s Kyushu island.
This well aged Straight Rye Whiskey was created using koji fermentation. Each bottle is adorned with The Samurai Scientist – Jōkichi Takamine – who pioneered koji fermentation in the American whisky industry over a century ago.
Each bottle barrel is bottled at strength, between 120 – 122 proof.
Nose: Intensely aromatic, with cinnamon, maple, and toasted marshmallow that develops with time in the glass.
Palate: Tobacco, ginger, baking spices, and savory umami creating a remarkably rich, nuanced and elegant profile lending to soft, sweet notes that further color the mosaic of flavor.
Finish: Incredibly long, with oak spice, char, and just a touch of smoke lingers as the finish fades.