Overall, Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch is a nice addition to most anyone's bunker. It is not likely to "wow," but its aromas and flavors are quite nice. I would buy it again and have a pour when I would like something simple after an easy day of easy toil.
WYOMING WHISKEY SMALL BATCH VITAL STATS:
Category: Wyoming Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Small Batch
Region*: Kirby, WY, USA
Distillery*: Wyoming Whiskey, Inc.
Mash Bill*: 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malt Barley
Yeast*: Two (proprietary) strains (one adds slight fruity notes)
Barrel Char: unpublished
Barrel entry proof: unpublished
Age*: Aged a minimum of 5 years in one of three Kirby, Wyoming Rickhouses
Bottling Date: 27-October-2016
ABV: 44% (88 Proof)
*see more at https://www.wyomingwhiskey.com/
For the evaluation, I shared the juice neat from Glencairn glasses with my daughter and fellow WhiskySuggest reviewer Hannahp009. Look for her review for this bourbon elsewhere in the App.
The rating below is similar to my reviews of Baker's Bourbon Batch B-90-001, Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel, Dry Fly Straight Wheat Whiskey, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119, Henry McKenna Single Barrel, Knob Creek 09 yr Small Batch, Willet Pot Still Reserve, and Yellowstone Select.
What a wonderful nose! I could breath this in all night long. It is fresh, clean and pleasant with no alcohol burn. There are faint wafts of fruit trees and wheat fields in the wind. Prolonged nosing adds fresh apples, lemon citrus and a hint of sweet maraschino cherries. There are subtle spices of ginger, nutmeg, white pepper and rich vanilla. Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch's sweetness comes in as a surprising essence of yellow cake batter, caramelized light brown sugar, and pecan toffee. Any wood I detect fades in and out as notes of light cedar.
Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch has the typically warm bite of a low ABV bourbon, but its taste is a bit disjointed from the aromas sensed on the nose. Gone are the sweeter elements of fruit and cake, replaced by roasted corn and wheat, and a strange essense of grassy, ground oregano and citrus zest. Its spices are of ginger and black pepper and present as savory browned butter in a slightly burnt pie crust. What sweetness there is comes in as light vanilla, simple syrup, and of faint burnt malt and fire roasted marshmallow. Wyoming Whiskey is also an earthy dram, with a little leather mixed with the woody char of strong, seasoned and spicy oak.
Balance, Body, Feel and Look:
This is an unusual whiskey as its aroma and taste are so different. It is silken in the mouth and there is a slight and unexpected, but not unpleasant, coppery aftertaste. In the Glencairn, little clinging droplets greet the eye between sips and form a nice inverted crown. As the dram is downed, a liquid curtain coats the inside of the glass, giving way to fat, medium-slow dropping legs which return to the tawny pool.
Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch finishes short on flavors but with similar but greatly subdued tastes detected on the palate. It is warming in the throat, but not as much as other whiskeys, likely owing to its lower alcohol content. The empty Glencairn is full of oak accompanied by a faint and disappearing aroma of brown buttered sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.