WW’s Single Barrel, it is said by the brand, represents the top 1% of bourbon barrels sampled each year by Wyoming Whiskey makers. It’s a rich, medium to full-bodied spirit defined by its western terroir. The distiller’s notes show that as a wheated bourbon, it delivers a flavor profile that is soft, yet complex.
“Once in a hundred barrels, or so, something very special presents itself,” said David DeFazio, co-founder of Wyoming Whiskey, in a prepared statement. “These barrels are selected for their exceptional aromatic profiles, complex flavor, maturity, and overall balance.”
Wyoming Whiskey Single Barrel (2021) (image via Wyoming Whiskey)
Crafted from grains grown in the Bighorn Basin, DeFazio said the Single Barrel’s terroir reflects what the West is made of … intense elements, severe temperatures, and the rich history of Western pioneers.
Each barrel of Single Barrel experiences extreme temperature variations common in the high basin between the Absaroka and Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming as it matures. Temperatures reach 135° at the height of the warehouse during the summer and fall to a low of 5° degrees in the depths of winter. In the summer months, warehouse temperatures can swing 20 to 30 degrees and facilitate greater whiskey and wood interaction.
Each hand-selected barrel is bottled at 96 proof after being aged a minimum of five years in char #4 oak barrels. No two barrels are alike in flavor. Chosen from six rickhouses for its singular character and taste, each barrel yields approximately 220 bottles.
The new Single Barrel can be found at local retailers in 12 U.S. markets, including: Wyoming, Illinois, California, Colorado, New York, Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico, Maine, Idaho, Florida and South Carolina. Official tasting notes are below.
Color: Deep copper to mahogany.
Nose: Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and browned butter range to dried dates with orange citrus blossom.
Palate: Cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried date, fig, and raisin range to a buttered pastry and orange citrus.
Finish: Long, smooth and eloquent finish with flavor notes including dark dried fruits and candied orange peel.
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