Let’s be honest, with Wyoming being the least populated state in the entire country, there is a good chance that, just like us, there is woefully too little you know about it. Images of gorgeous sprawling plains and deep snowy winters come to mind (did you know that it stood in for Siberia in Rocky IV?!) but that can’t be the only things to define a state with a rich history.
Wyoming has actual accomplishments to brag about: the first ever National Monument (Devil’s Tower, also of Close Encounters fame) and the first ever National Forest (Shoshone Forest). Most monumentally, Wyoming was the first state to grant women the power to vote after Louisa Ann Swain cast a ballot in the 1870 presidential election.
This land of firsts isn’t big on compromise, resisting raising its legal drinking age back to 21 until 1988 (disappointing to the younger patrons of Buckhorn Bar and Parlor, just a decade younger than the state!).
Speaking of liquor in this pioneering state, Wyoming Whiskey will be here for a tasting on Thursday, 9/28 from 4:30-6:30.
The Meads, the family behind Wyoming Whiskey, have their roots deep in Wyoming and decided to make a line up of whiskeys that honor the diverse resources of their home. The distillery in Big Horn Basin (did you know that Big Horn was one of the names considered for the territory before Wyoming became a state? Also: Sweetwater, Lincoln, Yellowstone, and Cheyenne) works only with local ingredients - non-GMO grains from Rageth Farms and water from the Madison Formation, a limestone aquifer a mile below ground. We’re excited for a visit from these Wyomingites and to taste these three lovely bottles (like the three horns of the mighty triceratops - Wyoming’s state dinosaur!):
Wyoming Whiskey Bourbon, $36.50Made 100% in house and aged in large medium char barrels for 5 years. Two types of yeast are used, one of which includes a white wine vintners yeast which produces a fruiter alcohol for an added layer of complexity. Mash is 68% non-gmo corn, 20% winter wheat, and 12% barley. All are grown locally in Wyoming. Bottled at 88 proof.
Tastes floral with brown baking spices and browned butter, vanilla crème, caramel, and a hint of cinnamon. Light and smooth in the mouth with a hint of mint. Medium length finish with toffee, spice, and fading vanilla.
Outryder whiskey is crafted from two distinct mash bills, one containing 48% winter rye, 40% corn, and 12% malted barley and the second a hi-rye bourbon mash bill of 68% corn, 20% winter rye, and 12% malted barley. Grains are all non-GMO and grown in Byron, Wyoming by Rageth Farms. This unique whiskey is Bottled in Bond at 100 Proof.
Wyoming Whiskey Outrider, $49.50
Tastes of clove and allspice, freshly baked dark rye bread with hints of orange blossom honey. Sensations of cinnamon spice and creamy butterscotch pudding before a long, spicy rye finish coupled with hints of buttery toffee.
Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask, $56.50
Whiskey gets its color and character from the cask in which it ages and matures, and a double cask whiskey goes through the process twice. The first five years in the barrel make it bourbon. The sherry cask adds a touch of sweetness, and brings out the best in the spirit to deliver superior smoothness and drinkability. Straight up or on ice, twice is nice. 100 Proof.