Whiskey Review: Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey

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Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.

Wyoming Whiskey, originally released in 2012 by the fledgling distillery of the same name, hails from Kirby, Wyoming. Kirby, a town of less than 100 people, has been put on the map by the chutzpah of those behind Wyoming Whiskey.

Rural Wyoming hardly seems the most conducive atmosphere for producing top tier whiskies, and yet WW have already been taken note of by many whiskey enthusiasts and competitions alike. This year alone, Wyoming Whiskey has medaled at a handful of competitions, including the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition and the Denver International Spirits Competition.

At 88 proof, 44% ABV, and a mash bill of corn, wheat, and barley, Wyoming Whiskey displays an auburn color that proves very fetching in the glass. Its dark amber color hints at a whiskey aged many years, however Wyoming lacks a specific age statement.

On the nose, strong notes of toasted hazelnut and chocolate bring to mind the ubiquitous breakfast spread Nutella. Following hazelnut comes toasted oak and burnt caramel. Although a dram with a very sweet, unique nose, the legs present in the glass after a hard swish are quite short.

On the palate, the nosed sweetness quickly gives way to considerable spiciness, most notably black pepper. Slight fruit and orange oil follow through onto the palate. Warm on the palate, with no heat on the throat. The finish is a long, warm one.

Making for a moderately good dram on its own, Wyoming Whiskey imparts peppery warmth. Mixed into an Old Fashioned, WW lent appropriate spice and pepper that meshed well with the angostura bitters, orange peel, and amarena cherry I supplied.

For lasting warmth, interesting nose and palate contrast, and mixability I would give Wyoming Whiskey a hearty 86.

Unfortunately for coastal whiskey fanatics, Wyoming Whiskey is currently only available in Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas, with plans to spread distribution to Utah, Montana, and Idaho. The demand for WW appears to be high outside of its home, but production remains limited as it is a newer dram from a fledgling distillery. Fingers crossed that WW fans across the country can imbibe soon!

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Savannah Weinstock

I am a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR whose Environmental Studies thesis focused on “Scotch Whisky, Sustainability, and Commodification of Nature & Culture”. While writing my thesis, I spent time living and studying in Glasgow, Scotland where I visited and interviewed distilleries nationwide, concentrating on the...