Distillery: Wyoming Whiskey Distillery, Kirby, WY
Age: 4 YR
Nose: Straight out of the bottle there is an astringent herbal quality to the nose. If you give it a swirl or two and let it sit it’ll open up to a heavy caramel with hints of vanilla and oak. The oak reminds me more of a green oak and not a toasted oak. If you’ve ever tried to burn green wood while camping you’ll know what I’m talking about. The nose rounds out with maraschino cherry, raw grain and a dried wild flower like potpourri floral note.
Palate: It’s sweeter than the nose might allude to and while there is a bit of that astringent character its the caramel coated barley that comes right at you. A bit of vanilla but it’s very light, hints of young oak, a bit of orange like citrus and a mineral twinge to it. It has a very rustic quality to it that softens up with a splash of water or if it’s put on the rocks.
Color: Medium Amber
Notes: Wyoming whiskey is manned by Steve Nally who spent 33 years of his career distilling for Maker’s Mark, was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2007 and, true to his nature, is distilling bourbon an hour or so east of Yellowstone. All of the ingredients (corn, wheat and barley) that go into this whiskey are sourced from inside the state and the water is pulled from a natural limestone aquifer that gives the whiskey a very unique texture and minerality. This bourbon has been aged for at least 4 years but for some reason they decided to emphasize the small batch aspect and left off the straight designation.