Tuesday, July 05, 2022


The Vermont based WhistlePig Distillery, has announced the UK launch of its PiggyBack 100% Rye bottling.

WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye (48.3% ABV) which is a 6 Year Old rye whiskey matured in American oak barrels, is the culmination of the distillery’s late Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell’s passion for Rye, showcasing its youthful, vibrant mixability and playful profile.

WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye

WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye, was created by Pickerell to ensure that the very best aged rye whiskey could be used in both classic cocktails and contemporary serves. He chose the name PiggyBack to express the love and respect he had for the bartending community.

The Pig on the bottle is not wearing a traditional Top hat, but a Stetson. The hat was Dave’s trademark, and he rarely was seen without it. The bottle has been adapted from the distinctive WhistlePig shape to give a more tactile and pour-friendly design, for ease of handling by bartenders and whiskey-lovers who want to try their hand at cocktail curation at home.

Commenting on the launch, Jeff Kozak, CEO of WhistlePig said: “On behalf of Dave Pickerell, and all of us here at WhistlePig, we are proud to share the latest expression in our unparalleled offering of aged rye whiskies to the UK, one of Dave’s final creations. PiggyBack 100% Rye is a gift from our late legendary distiller to his friends across the country and around the world, and of course, the bartenders who helped forge the WhistlePig brand from the very beginning.”

WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye, will be available later this month from specialist retailers in the UK, for a RRP of £45.00.

Posted by Steve Rush

Monday, July 04, 2022


Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers, has announced the launch of the first limited-edition release, from its Mac-Talla Islay Scotch whisky brand.

Mac-Talla Red Wine Barriques (53.8% ABV) is a non-age-stated single malt Scotch whisky, which has been fully matured in oak casks from the Bordeaux region of France.

Mac-Talla Red Wine Barriques

This latest Mac-Talla release, which is said to further demonstrates the diversity of this iconic island, is the first in a series of limited editions which will feature a range of specially selected cask types and maturation styles.

Commenting on the launch, Niel Hendriksz, Sales Director at Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers, said: “Islay is synonymous with peat and smoke, however through maturation in exceptional wood you can develop different styles and interpretations of that classic Islay smoke. Full maturation in Red Wine Barriques has resulted in an elegant, yet powerful dram with great balance of fruit and smoke.”

Limited to 7,200 bottles, Mac-Talla Red Wine Barriques, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £68.00.

Posted by Steve Rush