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Western Pennsylvania was once world famous for Monongehela Rye—a white whiskey that was the benchmark of American Whiskey in the 1700 and 1800s. Considered the original American Whiskey, Pittsburgh was the epicenter of its production and by 1808 was producing half a barrel’s worth of this whiskey for every man, woman and child living in America.
Wigle is working to bring this Rye Whiskey tradition back to its rightful home. Our local farmers deliver their organic heirloom rye directly to the Distillery. We mill the grain ourselves on the same day we start a batch to ensure the freshest, fullest flavor. We distill the grain in our traditional pot still, to achieve the complex spice that gives our rye its character. The whiskey is briefly stored in white oak barrels before being bottled on site. This is crafted and refined to be enjoyed unadulterated, but it also works beautifully in cocktails.
This will not taste like any brown whiskey you’re familiar with and may strike you as closer to other full-bodied clear spirits you may be familiar with, including cachaca or rhum agricole.
*At this time, we are limited to delivering spirits to verified business addresses only due to UPS and Fedex restrictions. We apologize for any inconvenience!
"An autumnal aroma, redolent of stone ground rye and new leather, precedes a distant scent of a spring hothouse. This is a White Rye that begins with tradition, moves beyond it and sets off to spread the word. And the word is complex...this is Monongahela Rye reclaiming its rebellious roots. An unassuming, unaged Rye that surpasses the expectations of white whiskey, it sets Wigle Whiskey apart from the ongoing white whiskey trend. It should be ensured a successful and lasting future,"
--The Whiskey Reviewer
"Possesses a balanced, bready spice, a studied alternative to many of the oversize, capital-R ryes championed by two-fisted boozehounds and bartenders."
-- Drink Nation
"Smells of chocolate-dipped cherries" and is "suave enough to drink neat."
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Bronze Award, 2012 Washington Cup National Spirits Competition