Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake will offer fans a ryed they don’t want to miss, as it launches a limited-edition, wind tunnel-tested rye whiskey with WhistlePig Whiskey. The leaders in independent craft whiskey, a team partner since 2022, have unveiled the latest offering in their WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series, a high Rye Whiskey selected by drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, with barrels trialled in the team’s wind tunnel in Hinwil, Switzerland – to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.
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The Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel whiskey is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri’s racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Zhou’s Chinese roots are reflected by the whiskey’s finish with lychee and oolong tea: the herbal and floral notes of the oolong complement the herbaceous tone of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded up with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.
Like the team’s C43 racing cars, trial barrels were tested in the team’s wind tunnel in Hinwil before hitting the track. Select barrels then endured varying levels of G-forces at the WhistlePig farm and distillery in Vermont for the finishing touch, accelerating the interaction between the whiskey and the wood staying true to the physical nature of motorsport.
The limited-edition Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel will be available online from September 13th and sold in select stores across the United States. It’s a well-rounded, exciting experience to be enjoyed responsibly.
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake driver:
Partnering with WhistlePig has been an exhilarating experience. Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake is dedicated to being the best on the track, and the crew at WhistlePig is fearless in their pursuit to create the best whiskey out there – something I experienced when I visited them at their farm and distillery last year. We’re looking forward to fans tasting our custom Rye Whiskey and raising a glass to our team and the exhilarating sport of Formula One.
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake driver:
I am honoured that the Team and WhistlePig have joined forces to release a Single Barrel Rye Whiskey made with ingredients inspired by my culture. Formula One brings together fearless, thrill-seeking motorsports professionals and WhistlePig has a shared passion for boundary-pushing innovation. Together, they’ve created something for fans to enjoy this season when the cars are not on track.
Meghan Ireland, WhistlePig Head Blender:
We’re taking our third Legends Series release on a ryed like never before. Our experiments with dynamic ageing went full throttle during finishing trials at the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake wind tunnel, inspiring new ways to expose barrels to G-forces back at the WhistlePig Farm. The herbal and floral notes of the lychee and tea barrel selected with the team create a new, podium-topping experience for PiggyBack Rye.