Whistle Pig Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup pours a sweet take on a classic combination

WhistlePig Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
WhistlePig Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup / WhistlePig

Over the years, the WhistlePig has dug up new ways to evolve the liquor conversation. From using the sun as another element in the aging process to celebrating complementary flavors in the ready to drink cocktail space, the popular spirit distiller never turns down an opportunity to innovate. By combining a Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup with its signature Rye, the cocktail flavor complexities are far more enjoyable than any simple sweetness.

For those familiar with WhistlePig, they appreciate the humor that sometimes flavors the brand’s offerings. Whether it is the porcine members of the team or their curious campaigns that make people stop for more than a simple glance, that unique approach endears them to whiskey drinkers. Sometimes the people behind the bottle are as important as the liquor in the glass container.

Recently, WhistlePig launched a special collaborative set that included the WhistlePig Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup, its signature rye, and a rye-centric waffle mix. As many people assumed, breakfast, whether served as the sun rises or when the sun sets, was paired with a beverage, one a little more potent than black coffee.

When this offering launched, Distiller Mitch Mahar said, “Our Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup perfectly balances the bold flavor and overproof strength you’ll find in our whiskeys. Waffle garnish optional, but highly recommended. Bonus points if you add Rye as an ingredient to your waffle mix!”

Although WhistlePig had a plan with this well-curated box, it was more than just a linear offering that had drinkers following the directions to a great cocktail and a fun garnish. It opened the conversation to thoughtful, well-paired ingredients as the basis of a better cocktail. Vermont is known for its maple syrup. A Vermont distiller should honor another state-centric food. It might not be “what grows together goes together” exactly, but the tie that binds is clear.

Everyone knows that any bottle of WhistlePig liquor is going to be a delicious pour, but the Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup changes the complexity not only of the signature Maple Old Fashioned cocktail but of a multitude of other recipes. From a richer taste in a Mint Julep to combining the flavor with a pecan toasted element, it can be fun to experiment with the cocktail concoctions. Anyone willing to shake up something new could consider the maple swap for other sweeteners in a cocktail, too. It may not work in all scenarios, but there is no harm in a little potent potable playfulness.

WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye
WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye / WhistlePig

While the ingredients might be the foundation for a great cocktail, the garnish adds a touch of whimsy to the overall drinking experience. The WhistlePig Waffle Mix, made with rye, is a flavorful choice beyond the visual. The complementing flavors showcase the rye beautifully. Although not meant for dipping, if the waffle kisses the cocktail, it is a bonus to have another boozy bite.

In the end, bringing together food and beverages that have a common connection makes for a more satisfying drinking moment. Whether it is a breakfast cocktail, dessert sipper, or just a new take on a classic, be open to a new direction. Life is always sweeter when flavor is explored.