Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon

Choosing Kirby Over Jackson

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Housing the distillery in Kirby has allowed the Meads and Defazio to do so in a way that other locations could not have. Distilling their whiskey there has given the liquid an air about it, a toughness . Its a toughness that may not have existed if Wyoming Whiskey were distilled in the popular skiing and tourist destination of Jackson.

From day 1, we set out to become Wyomings whiskey, says DeFazio. Building our distillery in the middle of the state was important to reaching that goal from a brand perspective. From a whiskey perspective, our whiskies mature in an arid, high plains environment that is unique to us.

From their location in Kirby, they work with their partners in nearby Byron, Wyoming to harvest a special non-GMO corn, winter wheat and winter rye. The water is sourced from a limestone aquifer located a mile below Manderson, Wyoming in the Madison Formation. Together these ingredients create a mash bill that is uniquely Wyoming.

Another key component of Wyoming Whiskey that sets it apart from others is the maturation process. You would be hard pressed to find another as distinctive as theirs. This too can be attributed to their remote location.

Gsn Review: Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Ten years ago, Brad and Kate Mead and David DeFazio launched their flagship Small Batch bourbon. Years before, they started with the lofty goal of creating Americas next great bourbon and the promise of extending the bourbon frontier to the Rocky Mountains. Cattle ranchers and attorneys by trade, the entrepreneurial trio packed their ambition and headed to Kentucky where they went knocking on the door of Bourbon Hall of Famer, Steve Nally. They already had the land, water and grains they needed to produce bourbon, they just needed the leadership and knowledge of a world-renowned distiller to put the pieces together. With little convincing, Nally became Wyoming Whiskeys founding distiller. The rest is history.

Wyoming Whiskey celebrates a decade of whiskey making with the release of a 10 Year Anniversary Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey. In honor of the anniversary, Wyoming Whiskey founding Master Distiller Steve Nally and Master Blender Nancy Fraley have barrel selected and batched a 10-year-old rye bourbon worthy of the milestone. This masterpiece reflects 20 of the rarest casks at the Wyoming Whiskey distillery that were filled in November and December of 2011 and is the oldest product ever released by Wyoming Whiskey.

Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition Rye Bourbon mash bill: 68% Corn, 20% Rye, 12% Malted Barley, aged 10.5 years and bottled at 51.7% ABV, 103.4 proof.

For more information go to: Wyoming Whiskey


It All Started With A Punch In The Face

Which brings us back to the story of getting punched in the face by your boss. One Sunday in 1996, DeFazio was arm wrestling at The Stagecoach in Jackson Hole. What started amicably turned rough when DeFazio, who had lost two straight matches, got wind that his opponent had been cheating by grabbing the leg underneath the table and using it as leverage. The very next match, right at the start, DeFazio slapped his opponents hand out from under the table and pinned his arm down. Not taking kindly to losing in this manner, DeFazios opponent wound up and cracked him in the eye.

The next morning when DeFazio showed up at his new job, practicing law at a firm run by, yeah, the guy who had given him a shiner the night before. Thats the same day he met Kate Mead, another lawyer. Discovering that they had both gone to college together in upstate New York, Kate eventually introduced him to her husband, Brad, and the three of them became fast friends.

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Reviews & Tasting Notes

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Based on 1443 votes, the average rating for Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is 7.6/10.

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& horbar Love this. Super smooth and a nice spicy kick to it. Could drink this every day.

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Why people love it?

Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey which is carefully distilled at Wyoming Whiskey is adored for its caramel, vanilla cream, spicy and floral flavor notes.

Best For A Big Group: Tincup American Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey

Ashley Thess

  • Taste: 4 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Honey and high mileage days

The Tincup American Whiskey has a sweet flavor that goes down easy. This Colorado-native will hit the spot post-adventure. Perfect for a dirtbag hot toddy , this is a comforting whiskey that easily pleases a big group, hence the 4 out of 5 stars on taste. Even tasters who dont necessarily like whiskey enjoyed this one. The Tincup bottle also includes a metal shot glass that screws onto the top. Even without proper drinkware you can easily cheers: Your partner can raise the shot glass and you can pull from the bottle.

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Best Backcountry Whiskey: Reviews And Recommendations

  • Taste: 5 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Big accomplishments

If youre planning an adventure worth celebrating, this is your whiskey. This small batch is the best whiskey for the backcountry and beyond. It tastes great and is 105 proof for an optimal alcohol to weight ratio. A special trip calls for a special whiskey and this limited edition run honors our first National Park, Yellowstones 150th anniversary. Thanks to a partnership with the National Parks Foundation, this bottle gives back to the backcountry we love in the form of $5 from every bottle sold.

How I Tested Whiskey For The Backcountry

Ashley Thess

On a snowy night somewhere along the Wyoming and Idaho border a group of 14 skiers and snowboarders gathered around a table. Eight whiskey bottles sat on a wooden lazy susan surrounded by an assortment of empty mugs, plastic cups, and even a glass or two. I selected nature focused whiskeys like Noble Oak who plants a tree for every sale, Tincup, the self-proclaimed mountain whiskey, and a Yellowstone themed bottle. Then as more friends accumulated at the Dancing Bear cabin, naturally, so did more whiskey bottles. And this set the scene for a blind tasting of all the whiskey on this list followed by real world field testing on the skin track and at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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Best For Day Hikes: Four Roses Bourbon

Ashley Thess

  • Taste: 4 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Sour Punch Straws and double blacks

A smooth and simple whiskey, the Noble Oak Double Oak Bourbon is best if your descent is puckering enough without the help of a biting beverage. A long pull of this relaxed bourbon will calm your nerves. If youre looking for liquid courage, take a sip on the lift while you scope out your next line. In my experience, Sour Punch Straws pair well with this Noble Oak. They serve as the perfect chaser, actually work as a straw if youre desperate, and give you a sweet bite of speedy energy to straight-line that slope.

Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Review

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It may be hard to believe, but Wyoming Whiskey has been in the distilling business since 2009. Their lineup is somewhat small and is mainly centered around a wheated mashbill bourbon . In their early days, they enlisted the help of former Makers Mark Master Distiller Steve Nally to get their operation up and running. Since then, Steve has moved on to Bardstown Bourbon Company while Wyoming Whiskey continues to grow and enter new markets.

Their small batch whiskey is bottled at 88 proof and has a batch number that is hand-written on the back along with the date that it was bottled. Early batches were not typically well received. There is a story that the owner of WW scrambled to buy back all of the bourbon from the initial release that he sold in early 2013. Realizing that the bourbon was not up to his standards, he made an attempt to buy back all of the first release bottles from bars and liquor stores with the promise that future batches would be better.

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Bourbon Review: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch

Well, we are back. I started The Liquor Authority in 2021, but it lasted only a few months as I had a health scare. I started to develop palpitations and thought it was alcohol related even though I drink in moderation most of the time. I stopped drinking from late summer until week 5 or 6 of the NFL season. Despite this the palpitations continued, so we were able to rule out alcohol. They still happen, and a cause has yet to be determined.

One of the cool things about this website is I began to try more liquor that I never had before in an attempt to create content. So today, we start things off with a liquor I like and would have never tried if not for the Liquor Authority. Founded in 2009, Wyoming Whiskey was the first legal distillery in the state of Wyoming. The distillery is located Kirby, Wyoming and aging is done in their six rick houses.

Review: Wyoming Whiskey Small BatchABV: 44% Mash Bill: 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted BarleyDistillery: Wyoming WhiskeyLocation: Kirby, Wyoming

The Nose: A nice amount of sweetness wafts upward from the glass revealing a nose of vanilla bean, cherries and raisins. Letting the libation breathe also reveals nuances of caramel and cornbread .

The Experience: Despite coming in at 88 proof the Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch bourbon has a light mouthfeel. However, the bourbon has a wonderful deep complexity to it creating an array of tasting notes that include caramel and raisins on the first sip with a subtle floral finish.

Bourbon That Emulates The Cowboy State

Wyoming Whiskey is defiantly not from Kentucky, says David DeFazio, co-owner along with Brad and Kate Mead. Its that type of defiance that defines what has come to be known as the Whiskey of the West.

Wyoming Whiskey has taken what it means to be from The Cowboy State and put it in a bottle. From the remote location of the distillery in Kirby to the extended process by which their whiskey is distilled, their spirits embody the toughness that comes with being from the great state of Wyoming. Now after its humble beginnings in 2006, Wyoming Whiskey is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Dont worry, your math is not that bad. Part of Wyoming Whiskeys allure is that they wanted to distill their whiskey themselves rather than source it from another outlet and blend it into something they liked. To do so takes time, which ultimately brings us to 2012 and the release of their first small batch bourbon.

Like the people, Wyoming Whiskey is gritty. Not on the palate but rather through the challenges it faces in the distilling process. This may seem like a byproduct of choosing to house your distillery in one of the least populated towns in the least populated county in the least populated state in America. To a degree, it is. Almost to the point where you think the founders chose to set up shop in Kirby on purpose because of its anonymity. Thats not the case, but doing so worked out just fine.

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Puts Hair On Your Chest: Tincup Straight Rye

Ashley Thess

  • Taste: 3 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Pickle juice and type II fun

Tincups Straight Rye is similar to type II fun in that you might not have the best time in the moment but after the fire in your throat is quenched, youll want more. The evil twin to Tincups sweet-like-honey American whiskey, this rowdy rye will put hair on your chest. Its ideal for a type II day because you can forget your slog and finish strong. Id recommend enjoying this bottle in the form of pickleback shots. If you follow a shot of whiskey with a shot of pickle juice, it has the magical ability to dissipate the burn and imparts a briney tart aftertaste.

  • Taste: 5 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Long-winded toasts and good company

Ashley Thess

The Pendleton Rye also won top-three honors in the blind tasting, which was a happy surprise to the purchaser who picked it up at a gas station in rural Idaho. Nothing bonds people like the outdoors and whiskey and this Pendleton is my pick for passing around the campfire. Tall tales, long-winded toasts, and healthy debates are waiting at the bottom of this bottle. If youre whiskey-savvy enough to notice the notes of charred oak, maple, and butterscotch, this will perfectly fit the smoky atmosphere surrounding a bonfire. If youre not whiskey-savvy, youll still enjoy passing around this bottle of quality liquor and quality memories.

  • Taste: 1 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Recklessness and shame

How The Hell Do You Make Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon 750 ml (88 Proof)

Fast forward 10 years to 2006. The Meads called up David and told him they had a business proposal for him. When he walked into their home, they said, We want to make bourbon.

Chuckling, Defazio asked, Well how the hell do you make bourbon?

To which the Meads responded, Thats for you to figure out.

Thus began the now illustrious story of the Wyoming Whiskey brand.

The three new partners knew nothing about distilling bourbon. What they did know though was that they wanted to put Wyoming not only on the bottle but in it. So they hired bourbon hall-of-famer Steve Nally, formerly of Makers Mark, and bought a still.

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Wyoming Whiskey: Last Glass Update

I have never had a whiskey turn so dramatically while drinking it. The Wyoming Whiskey started out interesting, different and oddly tasty despite its strange minerality. At first I found myself wanting to sit down with a glass to explore, but that quickly changed and as the months moved on and the bottle very slowly approached the 1/4 way mark that minerality changed from being interesting to overbearing and unpleasant.

Ever drink Perrier? Thats the kind of minerality Im talking about that started to take over the Wyoming Whiskey and changed it into something wholly different than what it started out as. It became gripping and at this point has all but completely overtaken the caramel and vanilla I first found and it now tastes more like a bourbon infused Perrier than anything else>

FINAL VERDICT: Avoid these old batches of Wyoming Whiskey. Ive heard decent things about batches 25+, but these older ones, especially 18, seem to be no bueno.

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Best For Drinking Alone: Noble Oak Double Oak Rye

Ashley Thess

  • Taste: 5 out of 5
  • Pairs Well With: Summits and seclusion

Ashley Thess

This was one of the top three fan favorites in the blind tasting so I decided to carry it 3,200 vertical feet to see how it tasted at the top of a mountain. My touring partner and I were the only two souls on the summit and this rye made the victory feel all the sweeter. After a long, beautiful, and secluded ascent, a sip of spicy high proof whiskey hit the spot. The Noble Oak Double Oak Rye is great for drinking alone because it serves as a reward for the climb and a draft of daring in preparation for a steep descent, plus its almost too good to share.


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