Wednesday, April 03, 2019


The Vermont based WhistlePig Distillery, has announced the launch of a new rye whisky expression; one of the last to be created by its late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, who passed away last year.

WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye Whiskey (48.3% ABV) has been aged for 6 years, and produced using a 100% rye mashbill.

WhistlePig PiggyBack

Several years in the making by WhistlePig’s celebrated Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell, alongside WhistlePig’s Master Blender, Pete Lynch, PiggyBack is said to be the whiskey Dave was most passionate about and is truly the culmination of his legacy.

Dave’s vision was always to respect tradition, embrace progress, and bring friends together over the world’s greatest rye whiskey, and WhistlePig PiggyBack is said to be the result of Dave’s vision.

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 hat. The hat was Dave’s trademark, and he rarely was seen without it.
Commenting on the launch, Jeff Kozak, CEO, of WhistlePig, said: “On behalf of Dave Pickerell, and all of us here at WhistlePig, we are pleased to share with you the latest expression in our unparalleled offering of aged rye whiskeys, one of Dave’s final creations. WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye is a gift from Dave 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 Rye Whiskey, will initially launch later this month in the US, in states including Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, DC and Missouri, for a RRP of $49.99 - 750ml.
Posted by Steve Rush