This is the second release of “The Boss Hog” range by WhistlePig following its original 2013 release. The Boss Hog, The Spirit of Mortimer has been described by WhistlePig as a top shelf, 100 percent rye whisky. The 13 year old expression has been drawn from roughly 50 of the distillery’s oldest Canadian whisky barrels.
Bottled at 57.8% abv cask strength, this whisky is fierce when served neat but opens up nicely with just a drop of water. The nose of the whisky is bright and lively hosting strong notes of rye spice and less alcohol than is to be expected from the percentage. Strong flavours of rye spice dominate the palate to start with but soon mellow and make way for subtle flavours of caramel, vanilla and butter.