WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey celebrates a sweeter side

WhistlePig PiggyBack 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey, photo provided by WhistlePig
WhistlePig PiggyBack 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey, photo provided by WhistlePig /

While WhistlePig might be known for its rye, the distiller is always looking for ways to push the flavor boundaries. Even though each offering has to achieve approval from their chief pigs, the company has never been afraid to take risks. With the new WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey, the new liquor category brings a note of sweetness to every sip.

Sometimes distillers find inspiration from the seasons. With the WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey, the Vermont maple syrup season adds another flavorful layer to the brand’s offering. While that sweetness can bring in a wider audience, the liquor brand embraces its higher proof and bold approach. It is almost like having the best of both worlds.

Looking at the tasting notes, the flavor leans into the maple and vanilla. Without becoming cloying, those flavors contrast the oaks and even the corn mash that is part of WhistlePig offerings. In a way, that maple allows this offering to blend into a variety of cocktails. Although delightful drunk neat at the end of the evening, transforming the PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey into a sour cocktail showcases the allure of the special offering.

While cooks and bakers appreciate that balance is key to eating satisfaction, the same concept can be applied to cocktails. Looking at the distiller’s Maple Bourbon Sour cocktail, the glass holds a cacophony of contrasts. Acid, sweet, even a touch of umami, it showcases the offering’s adaptability.

PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey WhistlePig
WhistlePig PiggyBack 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey, photo provided by WhistlePig /

Maple Bourbon Sour

  • 2 oz WhistlePig PiggyBack 100 Proof Bourbon
  • ¾ oz WhistlePig Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 egg white (*optional)
  • Fresh orange peel or cherry for garnish

While this cocktail is one option from the brand, there are many other ways that the WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey can be used. Given the sweetness in the offering, it plays well off the citrus notes. Even with just a simple orange peel, that acidity with the sweetness can be quite enjoyable.

Given that this small batch offering is unique, it deserves a creative food pairing. For a more robust offering, consider a hearty short rib served over polenta. Or, for a lighter option, an herb roasted chicken with some potatoes. It can go in many directions.

The WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon Whiskey is aged 6 years and is 100 proof. A bottle has a suggested retail price of $49.99 a bottle.