HomeStock’s tagline of a whiskey “blended together, while apart” will likely strike a chord with plenty of folks who found themselves working from home–or otherwise largely separated from their usual activities throughout 2020. I don’t want to make this post about the impacts of everything going on in the world, but I feel like it’s important to understand that this was Whistlepig’s answer to their annual Spring release during the trying times that a lot of distilleries are feeling right now. Also, of note, is the fact that Whistlepig will be donating 20% of the online sales of this product (from Flaviar & Caskers) to the United States Bartender’s Guild. I think this project was a good idea–at least on paper–and shows creativity and community focus in times that are undoubtedly tough for the brand as well as the individuals in the industry. Whistlepig will delay the release of what would have been this year’s HomeStock until next spring. Moving on, now, let’s see what Whistlepig had to say about this year’s spring release on their website:
This year’s blend is the result of an experiment to celebrate life and lift spirits in the unprecedented time of social distancing. Fans blended three types of whiskey from the comfort and safety of their homes, shared their perfect blend, and then came together as a community online to taste and vote for the final recipe.
The first crowd-sourced whiskey blended live by thousands of fans. A unique blend of 4 year old Rye Whiskey and 5 year old Wheat and Barley whiskeys, delivering a light, gentle sweetness to balance WhistlePig’s signature bold Rye spice style. Perfect for summer sipping or with a home cooked meal.
Alright, onto the blend. Being that this product was part of a blending experiment conducted by thousands, the majority vote on the best blend is what decided the final bottling. You can watch the streamed event to re-live the blending and reveal of the final product. That final blend is waht we have here today, and it contains 45% Vermont rye whiskey, 30% Canadian wheat whiskey, and 25% Canadian barley whiskey. A final note that the discerning whiskey enthusiast eye may catch is that the label does not carry the designation of “straight”–that is due to the barley and wheat whiskeys being aged in re-charred barrels as opposed to new charred oak. Alright, enough talk, let’s dig in!