Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

I was asked at the Dram Devotee’s Whistle Pig tasting on Thursday, “Why do you sound so defensive when you are speaking about sourced whiskey?” It must be true that I sound defensive or it wouldn’t have been noted by one of my guests.  I can tell you that a lot of my defensiveness stems from the commentary that I read on the internet.  I suppose I do feel the need to defend those companies that source their bourbons and ryes, but also manage to put out a consistently great product. I’ve seen all the lists of sourced whiskeys from LDI/MGP (Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana/Midwest Grain Products).  (For those that have not seen the list, you can find information here- (http://recenteats.blogspot.com/p/the-complete-list-of-american-whiskey.html.) There is a lot...

Where Whistle Pig Got Its Name

Where Whistle Pig Got Its Name

I’m prepping for the Dram Devotees of Bucks County’s Whistle Pig tasting Thursday night, and I came across the funniest story about how Whistle Pig got its name. Dave Pickerell was being interviewed by Mark Gillespie of Whiskycast, and Mark asked him the origin of the name “Whistle Pig.” (You can find the actual interview in episode 267 at whiskycast.com) Dave went on to tell a story of how Raj Bhakta, the founder of the brand, was hiking in Vail when a Frenchman on a bicycle careened down the mountain toward him. The man stopped and asked (rather oddly and in a comically high-pitched voice), “Could it beeeee…could it beeee a whistle pig?” Raj answered, “A what? I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “You know…a whistle pig.” The man made some strange...