This 4th July, one of the world’s most celebrated and decorated rye whiskies, WhistlePig is revealing its 8th edition of its superhero rye collection in the UK – The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific.
This latest extraordinary release from the multi-award winning rye distillery explores unchartered territory in the world of rye to create a whiskey that is powerfully complex, distinctive from anything created before and, in keeping with The Boss Hog’s personality –stupendous.
With a sub-title name of LapuLapu’s Pacific, the release takes its inspiration and name historically and symbolically from the Philippines and the Filipino hero of the same name from 16th Century*.
Aged for nearly 18 years in new American Oak then double finished in high toast barrels that previously held small batch, single island aged Philippine rum, Boss Hog VIII is a highly intense, spicy and rich whiskey with miles of personality and flavour.
LapuLapu’s Pacific is not only the eighth edition of WhistlePig’s most sought after annual limited edition, but also the sequel to The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic, that was previously awarded Best Rye Whiskey at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, continuing the brand’s epic ‘circumnavigation’ voyage across the Pacific via its cask sourcing.
The Philippines is one of the world’s lesser-known Rum producers. The Rum barrels for The Boss Hog VIII have made their own long journey from a small island just southwest of Cebu. They previously held small batch Rum for between seven and ten years. Just like Rye Whiskey, extended barrel aging enriches Rum’s vanilla, caramel, and oak notes, mellows the profile, and adds layers of complexity to the final spirit. A high toast profile imparts another dimension of toffee and spice flavours.
“On the heels and success of Magellan’s Atlantic, it was a great challenge to find the perfect finish for the most special Rye barrels in our warehouse. We were already tracing Magellan in depth, and when we discovered LapuLapu’s story we knew we had to track down the best Philippines Rum barrels we could for the sequel. Before maturing Rum for 7-10 years, the barrels were coopered from American Oak and originally held bourbon. In this way, they’ve made their own circumnavigation from American whiskey to the Philippines, and back again to us in Vermont,” says Meghan Ireland, Blender, WhistlePig Whiskey.
“The whiskey rests first in 7-year-old small batch Philippine Rum casks, followed by a shorter finish in 10-year-old small batch Philippine Rum casks. The older rum is darker and bolder, requiring less time for its barrels to impart notes in the whiskey. The end result is an amazingly unique and delicious whiskey.”
“Like all of our boldest experiments, this one was not without its trials,” adds Ireland. “We actually attempted to send the whiskey itself around the world to Spain, to finish in the place where just one ship from the original fleet finally returned. Those barrels have yet to come back to us, so for the most daring collectors out there, the hunt is on.”
The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific is available from July onwards in specialist retailers, RRP: £675
In addition to releasing this super special whiskey for 4th July, WhistlePig is also marking the occasion in the on trade with a number of partnerships.
London based bars and restaurants who are celebrating 4th July with WhistlePig are below:
On the evening of 4th July, the venue will open at 5:30pm offering WhistlePig tastings and cocktails which their expert mixologists have concocted, ensuring every sip is an experience to remember. Guests can also indulge their taste buds with the American themed menu, featuring staples such as juicy burgers and hot wings. Live music from DJ Abi Murray will be playing throughout the evening to get the crowd going.
– Scarfes Bar:
The Bar will have an exclusive cocktail listing of the WhistlePig signature serve: The Maple Old Fashioned for the month of July. On 4th of July there will also be live music, a WhistlePig signature cocktails and tasty mini doughnut to accompany it.
– The Bloomsbury Club:
The Bloomsbury Club brings a touch of American charm as they partner with WhistlePig to celebrate 4th of July. Sip, savour and sample innovative cocktails like the Spiced Maple Bacon Old Fashioned and Apple Pie Sazerac, alongside a delectable menu of American-themed bar bites infused with WhistlePig maple syrup. All while you dance the night away to the soulful sounds of a bluegrass band.
– Exclusive WhistlePig cocktail listings will also be available to enjoy at Callooh Callay in Chelsea, Murder Inc and Little Bat.
The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific Tasting notes:
On the nose: lush vanilla aromas give way to delicate tropical notes including underripe bananas, freshly picked lemon and molasses.
On the palate: LapuLapu’s Pacific offers an abundance of fresh ground cinnamon with citrus zest, butterscotch, and lights notes of toffee.
The finish: rich with tanned leather, light brown sugar, nutmeg and allspice with a long-lasting black pepper rye spice.