Welcome Back, Wigle! Our 2nd Single Barrel of Wigle Rye Whiskey

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Many of our whiskey-savvy customers already know about Wigle. But for those who don’t, here is a bit of backstory:

Before Prohibition, the Monongahela River Valley in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania was a hotbed of distillation, with about 4,000 stills in operation by the mid-eighteenth century. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this was that all grains used for making whiskey were sourced locally as a way to utilize excess grain before spoilage -- an idea that seems novel today but was simply a way of life. Rye was king, although corn, barley, and wheat also thrived in the valley's poor soils, which are heavy in clay, with some sand, silt and gravel. These soils, however, yield rye that is perfect for making the rich, robust, and spicy style of Rye whiskey that has all but been forgotten, until now.

Wigle opened its doors in 2012, the first distillery in Pittsburgh to do so since Prohibition, with the goal of bringing back American whiskey to its former glory. Named after Philip Wigle, infamous for his role in sparking the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1780s, the distillery is also setting off a kind of revolution. They are supporting local, organic farmers by purchasing three tons of grain weekly, focusing on rye with the inclusion of barley and wheat depending on what is in season. They then mill all of these grains in their facility and distill in small pot stills (which are less efficient than the modern column stills used by many distilleries, but produce a higher-quality base distillate) to further preserve the quality of the grains being used. The result is a close approximation to the whiskeys of yesteryear.

When the prospect of purchasing another single barrel this fall was brought before us, my response was simply, “When can I have it?” Well, there were quite a few more words exchanged than that, but you get the idea…we were incredibly excited! As with last year, quantities are very limited, and are available in both 375ml and 750ml bottles. The cask selection is very different from our previous barrel, with a mash bill that contains higher percentages of wheat and barley, it is double distilled to a slightly higher barreling proof, and aged in larger, 25-gallon barrels. So if you have any left of last year’s whiskey (I’d be surprised if you do), now’s the time for a side-by-side comparison. Happy sipping! Tim Gagnon

***These bottles are being offered on pre-arrival; our barrel of Wigle Rye will be available for pick up or shipping the week of 11/28.***

 

Wigle Pittsburgh Organic Chambers St Rye 375mL

The words of Mark Twain still ring true in 2017: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." Our seasonal single cask collaboration with Wigle from Pittsburgh is finally here! Wigle makes a wonderfully spicy and earthy rye whiskey, and this year's expression is no different. Gingerbread and candied orange dominate the nose, while the warming palate of this nearly cask-strength whiskey leads to more savory notes of nutmeg, clove, cedar and white pepper. This is perfect for sipping neat, but I wouldn't hesitate letting it loose in a Sazerac! Oskar Kostecki

  • rye whiskey
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Organic

Wigle Pittsburgh Organic Chambers St Rye 750mL

The words of Mark Twain still ring true in 2017: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." Our seasonal single cask collaboration with Wigle from Pittsburgh is finally here! Wigle makes a wonderfully spicy and earthy rye whiskey, and this year's expression is no different. Gingerbread and candied orange dominate the nose, while the warming palate of this nearly cask-strength whiskey leads to more savory notes of nutmeg, clove, cedar and white pepper. This is perfect for sipping neat, but I wouldn't hesitate letting it loose in a  Sazerac! Oskar Kostecki

  • rye whiskey
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $66.99

  • Organic