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Wyoming Whiskey: Going from Reviewing Hardware to Wetware

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: Wyoming Whiskey

The Verdict

I like it.  I really do.  There are some things that need to be said though.  I had the chance to try the February release, and it was really green.  It had interesting flavors, but it was very overpowering- and not necessarily in a pleasant way.  It was not awful, but it needed more time in the barrel.  Unfortunately for Steve and the gang, the distillery needs to make money, and to do that they have to ship product.  The first year is always a rough one as the bourbon may not be aged to everyone’s liking.  Happily for the WW crew, they have sold every bottle that they have produced so far.  Positive cash flow is a good thing.

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Each bottle has a label that states the date it was bottled on and the batch number.

This bottle is a big step up from what I tried in February.  The extra time and the summer that it sweated through gave it a much smoother feel and mellow flavor.  The nose is initially quite strong with alcohol, but that quickly diminishes.  There is a bite when first tasting, but once it rolls over the tongue I had the distinct impression of fresh baked banana bread.  The finish lingers for a little bit, but is clean.

My preference is to place two medium sized ice cubes in a glass and pour the bourbon over them.  I then wait a few minutes for the cubes to cool and dilute the bourbon.  This releases more flavors and the bourbon becomes quite a bit sweeter (and more palatable).  Once the bourbon hits a certain temp and dilution, then more of the vanilla flavors start to come to the fore and the finish lightens up with a definite sweetness on the tongue.

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I happily shared this bottle with friends over the past month.  Poured over two cubes is my favorite way of enjoying Wyoming Whiskey.

I look forward to sampling more bottles once they get to their unlimited release, as well as what they have in store for limited releases in the years to come.  There is a certain excitement for people in Wyoming, and having a local bourbon carries a sense of pride.  This was produced by people in Wyoming, with raw materials from Wyoming, and with water that is as pure as anything out there piped in from the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming (the limestone in the formation filters the water and removes iron).  Each limited release this past year got better and better as time drew on.  People here are very curious what every new batch will be like.  Eventually they will hit a sweet spot in terms of aging and shipping that will allow each batch to be more consistent and more refined.

All of the ingredients are there for a successful brand of bourbon.  The current product is good, but the promise of the product is better.

November 7, 2013 | 10:09 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

As a side note, I am proud to say that I have never drank Everclear.  That is all.

November 18, 2013 | 04:37 PM - Posted by Lord Binky (not verified)

You don't drink everclear, you eat it.

November 7, 2013 | 12:52 PM - Posted by kbohip (not verified)

As someone who lives just south of you I've never heard of Wyoming whiskey. I'll have to give it a "shot." I'm too closed minded with my usual Canadian Mist and rare splurge for Crown Royal.:) Although I have ventured into what my own state offers with the excellent (and expensive) Colorado whiskey and the almost as good Breckenridge whiskey.

November 7, 2013 | 01:17 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Come December, you might just see it for sale in stores down in CO.

November 7, 2013 | 03:13 PM - Posted by domnatr6

Where's the Scotch review? Ardbeg Uigeadail anyone?

November 7, 2013 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Sure!  Ship me a bottle!

November 10, 2013 | 06:42 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I'd need to refresh my memory but it was a brilliant morning!

November 9, 2013 | 05:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Alcohol is not good for gaming. Or your health in is a toxin.

November 9, 2013 | 06:25 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Oxygen can be toxic as well.  Hell, it can turn iron to brittle rust.  I'll take alcohol, please.

Edit: The human body also produces alcohol by itself... look up endogenous ethenol production.

November 18, 2013 | 04:30 PM - Posted by Lord Binky (not verified)

Yeah, alcohol is horrible for gaming and health, except for all the times that it is good for them.

November 11, 2013 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Steve (not verified)

You can now order this whiskey online through a liquor store in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

November 18, 2013 | 04:31 PM - Posted by Lord Binky (not verified)

Really? No comments on the picture? 'Outstanding in his field'....come on it's not often you get visual puns.

November 19, 2013 | 05:58 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Blame David... it is was his own picture!

November 19, 2013 | 06:44 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Just as an update!  WW is bottling up a bunch of batches right now and will have them out and about on Dec. 5th.  They will also be shipping to Colorado and Texas, so the product will be available in those states.  This is their "unlimited" release, so there should be plenty of bottles around for everyone to grab a hold of.  The prices should be pretty reasonable around $39 to $46 in most places.

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