Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon (Batch #28)
Kirby is also where a handful of very passionate people are running the first legal distillery in Wyoming- "where corn, wheat, and barley grow tall." Where pure limestone water flows a mile below the ground. Blistering hot summers (134 degrees in a warehouse). Unbelievably frigid winters (-66 outside).
Wyoming Whiskey was founded on July 4, 2009 by fifth generation cattle rancher Brad Mead, his wife Kate, and their friend David DeFazio. The Meads and DeFazio were practicing law together in Jackson when they turned distilling dreams into reality. Brad Mead is the grandson of former Wyoming Governor and U.S. Senator Clifford Hansen, and he's the older brother of Wyoming's current Governor Matt Mead. He has spared no expense in making a great American whiskey.
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Following Lincoln Henderson's death in September 2013 and Nally's retirement, the reins were passed to the young and talented distiller Sam Mead and consultant Nancy Fraley. Sam and Nancy have increased production by nearly 100%, and they recently changed yeast strains to produce a more caramel/butterscotch forward pour. Wyoming Whiskey has also hired a northeast sales director and opened a tasting room in Jackson.
In addition to their small batch bourbon, Wyoming Whiskey produces a single barrel bourbon and a very limited edition barrel strength bourbon.
The small batch bourbon is distilled from a mash of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley. All of the grains are grown in Wyoming, are non-GMO crops, and are milled on site in Kirby. It is now aged for 5 years in 53 gallon barrels. It is cut to 44% ABV, as Wyoming was the 44th state admitted to the union. I've reviewed a dram from the "legendary batch 28."
Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon
Color: Bright, golden.
Nose: Mostly sweet with nice depth. Vanilla frosting, caramel sauce, wet oak, cinnamon spice.
Tasting Notes: A wheated bourbon through and through. Vanilla, Werther's candies, cinnamon sugar, subtle char, and just a touch of minerality. Not a whole lot of oak influence despite five years in the wood but a really nice, lengthy finish.
Overall: B+. Wyoming Whiskey is a delicious sipper. It's in the same flavor neighborhood as W.L. Weller Special Reserve and Larceny. The wheat influence is very apparent as are the sweet caramel and vanilla notes. It's soft and smooth, but has enough kick to get the job done at the end of a long work day.
Disclaimer: Wyoming Whiskey sent us a bottle of Batch 28, no strings attached. We appreciate their generosity!