August 20, 2021 | by Lisa Mattson
In February, Whistlepig Whiskey reached out to us searching for the best barrels to finish aging their one-of-a-kind RoadStock Rye Whiskey. Winemaker Maggie Kruse is a big fan of Whistlepig—she credits their 12 Year Rye with helping her get through the harrowing 2020 harvest—and after one Zoom call with Whistlepig’s distiller, Emily Harrison, the friendship/partnership was born.
Maggie offered Emily 40 of our most prized French oak barrels that previously aged our 2018 and 2019 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages: the Nadalie Colbert—the most expensive barrel that the Nadalie family makes from a prized district within Tronçais forest in France, known for its elegant tannins and fine structure.
The whiskey aged on the road—6,000 miles inside a combination of Jordan Cabernet and Firestone Walker’s barrels, traveling from Vermont to California and back. It just released this month. Watch their behind-the-scenes video here.