Review: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon / by Jason Hambrey

charred virgin oak casks
68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley
Distiller Wyoming Whiskey (Kirby, Wyoming)

Wyoming is one of the foremost bourbon producers outside of Kentucky - they use full size barrels, employ one of the best blenders in the US, and get all kinds of praise from critics. Wyoming whiskey is made, obviously, in Wyoming from a recipe that uses wheat as the secondary flavouring grain after corn, rather than the usual rye. Wheated bourbons are always in demand, especially good ones.

This might just be me, but it seems that a lot of Scotch drinkers like this bourbon. It is immensely complex, broad,  and a bit less focused on oak and corn than some other bourbons. I think a lot of the fruity and floral notes are more relatable than heavy oak and corn to Scotch drinkers.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: 63

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 8-16-19

Bottled in 2019 and not in Canada until the end of 2021! It’s always interesting to see how long some product can take to get to shelves.

The nose on this is fantastic! Very nice floral characteristics – rose in particular – but then also lots of dried apricot, raisin, dried cherry, dried cranberry, cream of wheat, something savoury and rich (brown butter?), cream-heavy caramel, white pepper, and white grape. Develops over time – parts get richer, and the citrus (like lemon peel)  and the corn comes out with time. The berries and fruit shift from dried to stewed, too. A really nice mix of bright fruit, floral, and confectionary aromas and yet clearly built upon a backbone of corn. The palate is loaded with the fruit and floral characteristics, but it adds in loads of baking spices and light tannins. It’s a bit zesty, which plays in well with the tannins. The savoury, brown butter character, remains and it is fantastic. The finish has lots of dried rose, with slowly unfolding tannins and complex grain notes.

Very nice bourbon! It shows a different side of what bourbon can be – Kentucky is, generally, focused on different flavours coming from grain, yeast, and wood.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: high, at $60.