The Boss Hog series aims to explore the boundaries of rye whiskey. The Boss Hog VIII is a blend of straight rye whiskey that was aged for almost 18 years in new American oak barrels, then transferred to small batch Philippine Rum casks aged 7 and 10 years for further maturation. This whiskey is named after Lapu-Lapu, who famously defeated Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines on April 27, 1521. The whiskey is bottled at 104 proof.
The whiskey exhibits aromas of rum raisin, followed by overripe tropical fruits, molasses, and kola nuts. On the palate, there is a significant influence of rum, with flavors of dark brown sugar, cinnamon, cashews, grilled pineapples, as well as bitter notes of coffee grounds and baker's chocolate. The whiskey finishes dry, with a strong initial heat, followed by astringent oak, cedar, leather, and spicy rye, menthol, and orange peel.