For this Farmstock Rye Crop No. 2, 32% WhistlePig farm has used 32% of their own 2-year rye and then 45% 6-year rye from MGPI of Indiana, LLC (MGP) where the remaining portion consists of 10-year rye from Alberta Distillers in Canada.
Casks used is Vermont White Oak – Wood from around the WhistlePig farm and the ABV is at 43%.
Both pear and green apple is strong followed by rye note, white toast bread (from the toaster) and orange and pepper. Slight bonfire smoke and assorted spices like; chipotle and cumin (whole). The nose is quite strong and robust, or in other words, heavy and protruding which is quite ok as the notes are in a fine balance.
Typical rye notes in a blend with lemon and freshly cut grass followed by caramel and light bonfire. Good with pepper and a clear pear after which green apple follow. Hints from caramel and cinnamon.
Medium and to the dry side, so this one will not help on the cough to go away unless the heat will do the trick. Good with pleasant spice and light bonfire with a little sweetness from apple and caramel. The oak taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.
Result, thoughts and score:
The red thread has for sure been cut or never hung. In other words, this could easily be something else than my WhistlePig guess if I tasted this blind. It would make a lot more sense to pick up even the 10 years and that one is also cheaper.
The balance and complexity are fine but would rather have their 10 years of the cheaper ones in their lineup. So to this WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002 we will find a ” DJ Aligator Project” song and say “Blow my whistle, baby”.