Whistlepig has launched its Piggyback 100 Proof Bourbon, the ‘flip-side’ partner of its Piggyback 100% Rye.

Piggyback 100 Proof Bourbon is the independent brand’s first foray into the Bourbon category, having made a name for itself with its rye whiskey production since it launched in 2019.

The Bourbon is positioned as the requisite partner to the brand’s youngest rye to date, Piggyback 100% Rye, which launched last month.

The spirit has been aged in char #3 barrels to add layers of complexity before being bottled at 50% ABV. This allows the expression to differentiate itself from other ultra-premium Bourbons on the market that are often bottled at the 40%-47% ABV mark, the brand said.

With its sweeter profile, Piggyback 100 Proof Bourbon is said to shine in citrus and sour cocktails, and the brand recommends serving in a Barrel-Aged Maple Bourbon Sour, made with 60ml Whistlepig Piggyback 100 Proof Bourbon, 20ml Whistlepig barrel-aged maple syrup, 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, two dashes of bitters, one egg white, and fresh orange peel or cherry for the garnish.

The Whistlepig Piggyback 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey will be available via e-commerce sites in select markets across the US from 30 August. It will retail at RRP $49.99 per 750ml bottle.

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