The following is a press release, media kit, video, and photos I received this week that caught my attention, to say the least. Boston Red Sox legend and newly inducted National Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz, along with Shoreham, Vermont’s WhistlePig Whiskey, in partnership with Barstool Sports, have collaborated to create the first WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series. What is a WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series? According to the press kit, “The WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series celebrates living legends who give 100% in the name of greatness. The Legends Series is a collectible, limited-edition series of new single barrel 100% Rye whiskeys by WhistlePig created in honor of champions and icons in their respective fields.” As Boston Red Sox fans, we have cherished and celebrated so many incredible baseball moments because of David Ortiz – A World Series Champion, an Icon, a Boston Sports Legend!!! See why this may have caught my attention? Are you interested in learning more about this limited edition product, how you can purchase it, and an exciting offer featuring a signed David Ortiz bottle? Here is some more information to grab your attention, including a promotional video featuring Big Papi himself, David Ortiz.
What is the Big Papi Barrel?
“The Big Papi Barrel is the first release of the WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series, created for and selected by David Ortiz (“Big Papi”). This single barrel 100% Rye Whiskey is aged six years in American Oak and finished in barrels containing toasted DO34 maple wood bats, Ortiz’s signature – making it the world’s first toasted baseball bat-finished whiskey.”
What’s the bat finishing process?
“After WhistlePig’s PiggyBack 100% Rye is aged for six years in American Oak barrels, the WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series: Big Papi Barrel is finished in barrels that contain toasted baseball bats within them.
First the bats are convection toasted in order to get the perfect toasted consistency, and then go through an extra fire toast to increase the caramelized vanilla flavors that imparts deep flavors into the whiskey. The whiskey is finished in barrels with the toasted bats for 6 weeks before bottling.”
Check out this video featuring the newest member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Boston Red Sox Legend David Ortiz on this exciting announcement:
Here is the WhistlePig Whiskey company’s press release to further explain the product, the process, and how you can purchase your limited edition bottle of WhistlePig Piggyback, David Ortiz inspired whiskey:
WhistlePig Rye & Big Papi Open Baseball Season with World’s First Baseball Bat-Finished Whiskey
In partnership with Barstool Sports, First PiggyBack Legends Barrel Toasts to America’s Pastime
SHOREHAM, VT (March 31, 2022) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the #1 distiller in the ultra-premium and luxury Rye Whiskey category in North America, and Barstool Sports, leading sports media company and a proud partner of WhistlePig Whiskey, today debuts the first of three iterations in the new single barrel Legends Series, beginning with David Ortiz (“Big Papi”) to launch the world’s first toasted baseball bat-finished whiskey.
The WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series: Big Papi Barrel, created for and selected by David Ortiz, raises a glass to Ortiz’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and marks the debut of the limited-edition single barrel series, which celebrates living legends who give 100% in the name of greatness. The 100% Rye Whiskey is aged six years in American Oak and finished in barrels containing toasted DO34 maple wood bats, Ortiz’s signature. The first-of-its-kind Rye Whiskey is bottled at 96.56 proof, the perfect proof to enjoy in an Opening Day Old Fashioned, or on the rocks, this season.
“I’m thrilled to go to bat for WhistlePig Whiskey by kicking off the first limited-edition collection in the new Legends Series,” said David Ortiz, 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee. “This first-of-its-kind whiskey gives fans the opportunity to celebrate America’s pastime over a drink that connects them further to the sport.”
The Big Papi Barrel will be available for pre-order online at shop.whistlepigwhiskey.com on March 31, 2022 for $49.99 MSRP per 750ml bottle. A limited quantity of bottles, signed by David Ortiz himself, will be available for purchase for $340 in honor of #34, with proceeds from sales of each bottle benefiting the David Ortiz Boston Heart Classic, raising funds for children in need of heart surgery.
“If you ask anyone at the distillery, they’ll tell you my signature quote is ‘I’ll put anything in a barrel once.’ This experiment was particularly fun in that it brings together two of my favorite things – breaking new ground for Rye Whiskey, and sports,” said Meghan Ireland, WhistlePig Blender. “It was incredible to collaborate with David Ortiz, whose toasted maple bats add layers of spice and caramelized notes to the bold, 100% Rye character of WhistlePig PiggyBack. I think fans of the game – regardless of team – will find a home run in the Big Papi Barrel.”
Fans and collectors are encouraged to follow upcoming releases of the limited edition PiggyBack Legends Series, celebrating living legends who give 100% in the name of greatness, slated for launch later this year in partnership with Barstool Sports.
About WhistlePig Whiskey
Founded in 2007, WhistlePig has become the #1 whiskey in the ultra-premium and luxury Rye category in North America, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of Rye. WhistlePig is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated Rye Whiskey – having received the coveted ‘Best Rye Whiskey’ from the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ‘Best in Show’ in 2017 – WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world’s finest and most interesting Rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 500-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has also become one of the leading farm-to-bottle Rye whiskeys in the world. For more information, head to whistlepigwhiskey.com.
About David Ortiz Children’s Fund
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund provides critical pediatric healthcare to children in New England and the Dominican Republic. The David Ortiz Children’s Fund has provided 1,012 children with life saving heart surgery in the Dominican Republic, and has helped thousands more throughout the New England region. In 2011, David Ortiz was awarded the Roberto Clemente Award by Major League Baseball for his work with the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. For more information, please visit: www.davidortizchildrensfund.org.
Photos, video, press release, and information provided by Dittoe Public Relations. Once again, here is the online site where you can pre-order your bottle or signed bottle of this limited edition The Big Papi Barrel – WhistlePig Whiskey David Ortiz Legend Series. Please drink responsibly.