Nov 24, 2014

WhistlePig 2014 Boss Hog: The Spirit of Mortimer Review

Last year, WhistlePig released “The Boss Hog” to many a...

whistlepig boss hog spirit of mortimer rye Last year, WhistlePig released “The Boss Hog” to many a whiskey drinker’s delight. The very small batch release–about 1,000 cases–was a 12 year old, 100% rye bottled at barrel proof. But now, they’re one upping themselves with The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer. This new release is again bottled at barrel strength, but here we’ve got a whiskey aged for nearly 14 years in a combination of new American oak and used bourbon barrels.

The name refers to the distillery’s mascot, Mortimer. And here, WhistlePig did the late Mortimer a real service, crafting a complex, hefty and intriguing whiskey.

The Spirit of Mortimer is surprisingly tame on the nose, showing a deft touch for a whiskey clocking in between 117 and 124 proof. Rye grains lead the way, followed by baking spices, sweet vanilla and buttery oak. Take a sip, and that high proof starts to show itself. The full-bodied whiskey is like a meal–thick and chewy–with a flavor profile following that of the nose. Lots of rye grains and vanilla, plus caramel, hints of fruit and a buttery quality almost like barrel-aged buttercream frosting. If that were a thing. It’s a lush drink with a long finish of vanilla, ginger and oak.

The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer is available now at select retailers. The release only yielded about 2,000 cases, so get on it before it’s all gone.

– 58.5-62% ABV
– $189

CE Rating: ★★★★

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