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Wyoming Whiskey Private Stock Barrel #1537
NOSE: Hay | Oranges | Cinnamon
TASTE: Honey | Oranges | Baking Spices | Caramel
FINISH: Medium length with more of the cinnamon & oranges that have been present throughout.
SHARE WITH: Experienced whiskey drinkers will appreciate this one, but it’s also something that’s accessible to those who enjoy whiskey but haven’t had significant experience yet. This drinks much lower than its proof, so it’s not going to hit those over the head who aren’t accustomed to barrel-strength whiskeys.
WORTH THE PRICE: $60 for a private pick, barrel-strength wheated bourbon is a pretty solid deal. I have no problem spending that here.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Barrel-strength options for a wheated bourbon are scarce. Combine that with the unique profile of this one and you won’t go wrong picking up a bottle. Being a private selection from a liquor store in Minneapolis, it’s also the only likely opportunity to grab one.
OVERALL: I’m fortunate I had a full bottle of this to review, so I could take a little extra time and enjoy multiple pours over the course of a few weeks. The more time I spent with it, the more I enjoyed it as it has a unique nose and flavor profile that I don’t find often. A drop of water took out some ethanol notes on the nose and brought forward the cinnamon that wasn’t noticeable previously. The honey hits you as soon as the whiskey hits your tongue, with the caramel being more present after a drop of water. Being that it’s summer when I’m drinking this, the orange & honey together are a perfect accent to the season. A medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel helps accentuate the finish, lingering a little longer than one would expect for a 5-year old whiskey. A great pour all the way through.
This bottle is a tribute to what the folks at Wyoming Whiskey are doing. I’m always pleased when I find an independent distillery making their own whiskey. For them to be able to offer a barrel-strength private barrel program as well, with these results, is impressive. I look forward to seeing what the brand has in store next.