Boss Hog VII is a finished (rye) whiskey; however, it is not spending the final portion of it’s days before bottling lazily sleeping in a cask from another spirit. That would be entirely too simple for a Boss Hog release, it would appear. Whistlepig utilizes a three week finish in their Spanish oak–which is a notoriously difficult wood for cooperage–for the initial finishing of Magellan’s Atlantic. This Spanish oak is (by it’s very nature) porous and tannic which you can imagine are not likely to be features most distilleries seek out in their barrels. Additionally, Whistlepig is employing a proprietary one hour toast on these barrels to create a specific character. I have no idea if all of this additional work is genius or if it’s plain crazy…I suppose I will let the taste of the whiskey be the metric I use for success here.
The second finish on Magellan’s Atlantic is a mere three days in South American Teakwood. While three days doesn’t seem long in a rye that is already seventeen years old, the wild and intense spice bouquet from the exotic wood is likely to be something that would have negative impacts if allowed to influence the whiskey too long, so perhaps three days is all we need here. Taking a look at the Whistlepig website for more information I found this interesting quote about the Boss Hog VII:
Magellan’s quest to find a Western route to the Spice Islands became “the greatest sea voyage ever undertaken.” Neither his crew nor contemporaries could imagine what they would encounter in the wide world, and circumnavigation was far from the realm of possibility. Our own pursuit of the world’s greatest Rye Whiskey carries us to the very edges of the earth – driven by discovery to conquer the unknown.
This year’s Boss Hog, Magellan’s Atlantic, seems to be the first of a pair of releases. “The Pacific” is set to be released in late 2021. As more information becomes available I will be sure to update this post, or create a new post and link to it.
Whistlepig promises that each Boss Hog release will adhere to the following:
- Single Barrel
- Bottled at Proof
- Powerfully Complex
- Distinctly Unique From Anything We’ve Done Before
Alright! That’s enough chit-chat. Let’s take a trip with our buddy Magellan and see what this pig has got in store for us.