SHOREHAM, Vt., Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WhistlePig announced today the launch of Boss Hog IV: The Black Prince, voted best whiskey in the world at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, beating out some of the world’s oldest Scotches. It is also the first rye whiskey ever to be finished in Armagnac casks from France. Aged for fourteen years, The Black Prince is the fourth edition of its renowned Boss Hog series, a periodic release of the brand’s biggest and best whiskey.
“With The Black Prince, our boldest and most innovative release yet, we’re proving that American whiskey can and will overcome the heritage brands of Europe,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, Founder and Chief Steward of WhistlePig. “It’s all the punch of rye, with a touch of French sophistication in one bottle.”
The Black Prince is the next step in WhistlePig’s innovative barreling program, finishing bold rye in European wine and spirits barrels. WhistlePig previously released their 12 Year Old World Cask Finish, which blended whiskeys aged in Port, French Sauternes and Madeira casks.
“When I first came across these Armagnac barrels, I knew we were on to something special,” said Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller of WhistlePig. “Single barrel, bottled at barrel proof, with no burn. If we think it can be exceptional, we’ll try it—and boy were we right in this case.”
The Black Prince is composed of 95% rye whiskey, finished in Armagnac barrels at the company’s farm in Vermont. It is bottled at barrel strength, at around 124 proof. The suggested retail price is $499.99.
Flavor Profile of The Boss Hog, The Black Prince:
Nose: Toasted almonds, plum, fig, allspice and warm apple crisp.
Palate: Bold, powerful spice, apricot, clove and cinnamon sugar. A drop of water brings out notes of citrus fruits and black tea.
Finish: Exceptionally long, with burnt sugar, toasted marshmallows, dried fruits and a gentle oak spice.
WhistlePig is the world’s finest rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of America’s original spirit. Founded on a former dairy farm in Shoreham, Vermont, WhistlePig quickly emerged as one of the most decorated whiskeys on the market. With its products having received best whiskey in the world honors from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a record 97 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the company continues to release highly sought-after whiskeys whose demand outpaces supply. The opening of the distillery in 2015 and the release of the first estate product in 2017 show that WhistlePig is well on its way toward fulfilling its long-term vision of creating a fully farm-to-bottle operation, found nowhere else. http://whistlepigwhiskey.com/
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