Hi everybody. It was Whistle Pig that got me interested in rye. Then I soon found many other ryes I preferred to the WP for far less money. But my tastes go round and round with rye, and I'm tiring of the smoothness of LDI/MGP lately. I find myself turning to the Pig again for its spicey boldness.
I was surprised to find a bottle of Jefferson 10 rye at a local liquor store last night for $40. As many of you are probably aware, there is speculation that Jefferson 10 and Whistle Pig are from the same distillery, so I bought the Jefferson 10 for comparison.
I tasted them side by side today. Neat. No ice. No water added.
Given its substantially lower price, I was disappointed that Jefferson 10 does not measure up to Whistle Pig. I've never considered Whistle Pig a terribly complex rye, but it is more complex than the Jefferson 10. There is a subtle underlying sweetness to the Pig that Jefferson lacks. And although the Pig is 6 proof higher, it seems at least as smooth as Jefferson.
That's not to say that Jefferson is bad, it's not. For a $40 it's not bad at all. If you're looking for 100% rye that is going to bring the heat, it's not a bad buy. For a spicey rye in this price range also consider Knob Creek which brings the heat but also has a nutty finish that Jefferson lacks.