I haven't seen a post about this product anywhere else so I 'd thought I'd start one. This is made by Ransom, the same folks who make Old Tom and Small's Gins. Their explanation of this pot distilled whiskey is here:
It sounds like they bring two kinds of barley into the equation: one is "malted in the Pacific Northwest" and the other is unmalted barley grown in the Willamette Valley. Also included is Kentucky corn whitedog re-distilled in their own alembic pot still.
Only the "heart of the hearts" is barreled in French pinot noir, new American coopered whiskey barrels and used American whiskey barrels. It seems the distillates are aged between 6 months and two years and the finished, blended product has an average age of 1 year.
I was recommended this whiskey while dining at Longman and Eagle here in Chicago based upon my previous pot-stilled glass of Willet 17yo SB (cask strength and marvelous!). The Whipper Snapper really stood out as hard-scrabble with a delicious, satisfying bite that stood up beautifully to the rabbit pate I was eating. It tasted clean and honest, and was perfect in the context in which I drank it.
So I finally just bought a bottle for $30, and I'm looking forward to tasting it outside of the context I just described.
I can't recall or find info on the proof (the bottle is in the car), but K&L Wines says it's 79% neutral corn spirit, 21% barley. Anyone else have experience with this whiskey?