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Entrepreneur Raj P. Bhakta founded WhistlePig in 2010 with a single goal in mind: creating the world’s finest rye whiskeys. In service of this vision, Bhakta spent his life’s savings on a 500-acre farm in Shoreham, VT – the brand’s home, headquarters and future distillery.With the help of one of the whiskey world’s leading lights, former Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, they set about bringing 100% rye whiskey back to its well-deserved position as the nation’s signature spirit. In curating the brand’s top-shelf offerings, Pickerell spent over a year scouring North America for the most exquisite old-stock, eventually discovering the extraordinary rye that would become their flagship whiskey.

In 2010, WhistlePig’s first release – the 10-year, 100-proof, 100% rye – received Wine Enthusiast’s highest-ever rating for a rye whiskey at 96 points, while The Wall Street Journal called it “the essence of rye”.
After years spent restoring an old farm in Vermont, WhistlePig will officially open its first distillery on July 4, 2015 at its 1300-acre working agricultural headquarters in Shoreham.The distillery is the culmination of Bhakta and Pickerell’s 5-year effort to transform the WhistlePig Farm into the nation’s premier single-malt, grain-to-bottle rye estate. Situated near Lake Champlain, the new facility will handle every aspect of the production process: from harvesting rye, distilling, barreling, aging, and hand bottling.