Latest Wyoming Whiskey Honors Iconic Wyomingite - The Whiskey Wash

Latest Wyoming Whiskey Honors Iconic Wyomingite

By Nino Marchetti / July 11, 2019

Wyoming Whiskey is an American whiskey producer that has become particularly popular in its namesake state. A big part of the attraction of Wyomingites to this brand is the fact it takes great care in marketing itself as unique to there. One of the latest examples of this is the release of a limited edition bourbon tied to an iconic person in Wyoming’s history.

Wyoming Whiskey Statesman Bourbon (not to be confused with a similarly named bourbon from Old Forester), according to those behind it, is tied to one Clifford P. Hansen. Hansen (1912-2009) was said to have been “born into a family of pioneers who homesteaded and settled in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area in 1890. Throughout his 97 year lifetime, Hansen served as President of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, served as President of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, was elected Wyoming Governor and later elected to two terms in the U.S. Senate.

“The grandfather of Brad Mead, Wyoming Whiskey’s Co-Founder and CEO, Hansen was a pragmatic, affable, and forthright rancher and politician who was well-suited for the more civilized atmosphere of the time. He was a statesman.”

Wyoming Whiskey Statesman Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey Statesman Bourbon (image via Wyoming Whiskey)

“The barrels selected for ​Statesman​ reflect the impact and influence Wyoming’s environment can have on you,” said Wyoming Whiskey’s distiller, and Hansen’s great-grandson, Sam Mead, in a prepared statement.” In honoring my great grandfather, I chose barrels that were unique because of their depth and complexity, much like my great grandfather himself.”

As it stands right now this bourbon is a Wyoming only release, being bottled at 97 proof and pricing around $50 per 750 ml bottle. Limited official tasting notes suggest “notes of cinnamon toast smothered with maple syrup, burnt candied orange peel, rum raisin, ripe dates, treacle, and browned butter.”