WhistlePig was born in 2008. After spending his last dime on 500-plus magical acres in Shoreham, Vermont, Raj joined forces with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell (of Maker's Mark fame) to plot the long awaited return of rye whiskey to the States.
The two men got their hands on the best batch of aged rye in North America. A few months later, in February '09, they hatched a 5-year plan to transform WhistlePig Farm into the first ever single malt, one-stop rye shop, with all stages of the process located on site: from growing the grass, to distillation, to barreling and ageing, to bottling. With the opening of our single-estate farm distillery in the summer of 2015, what was once a pig-headed dream will be a top-shelf reality. WhistlePig is proud to be the most awarded Rye Whiskey maker in the world.
On January 1, 2010, Raj & family cleared out an old barn, rolled up their flannel sleeves, and started bottling the exquisite rye.