Whiskey Review: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Special Bourbon Edition
Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Wyoming Whiskey. This in no case, by our editorial policies, influenced the final result of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the purchase link near the bottom of this review, our site receives a small sponsorship payment which helps support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
Wyoming Whiskey has proudly crafted every drop of its whiskey since 2012. Along the way, they’ve made several special editions, including the Steamboat, in honor of the unmountable horse that inspired the iconic symbol of the state. They are back with a new project that gives back to one of our great treasures: the National Parks Service.
The base of the line is Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Special Edition Bourbon, five years old and having endured five brutal winters from Wyoming. This whiskey honors Grand Teton National Park and offers breathtaking views of the glacial peaks. Each sale earns ten percent to the National Park Foundation (NPF. And yes, it’s odd, your brain and mine want to read “Parks”).
NPF is the charitable arm of the National Parks Service. Their work follows two main axes: protect and connect. They protect the resilience and sustainability of the park system, to secure the parks of the future; they seek to preserve the history and culture of these spaces; and safeguard the landscapes and wildlife that make the parks unique. The FPN Connect mission brings parks to youth through education and engagement, encourages everyone to explore the outdoors, and integrates surrounding communities and the parks own workforce.
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Recently, NPF has done more work to promote a feeling of welcome for all in national parks, partnering with Outdoor Afro leader Brittany Leavitt and highlighting the role of women in national parks.
Much of the press around Wyoming Whiskey x NPF has focused on the Wide-Open Spaces collection. These were four unique and special bottles dedicated to WY’s favorite places. Each bottle features a striking aerial image and is nestled in a box topped with a wooden topographic map. Harrison Ford, once a resident of Wyoming for 35 years, added a little sparkle of celebrity as Creative Director, choosing the four images that would adorn the bottles. The four were auctioned in April 2021, with all proceeds going to NPF.
Tasting Notes: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Special Bourbon Edition
Vital Statistics: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Special Edition Bourbon has 92 proofs, five years, and although the precise bill for the mash is not disclosed, it is said on the street to be 68% corn, 20% wheat and 12% malted barley. Find a 750ml bottle for $ 50 in NY, GA, CO, and WY, as well as Flaviar and Reserve Bar.
Appearance: This liquid is a very clear amber which beads and slowly forms oily tears.
Nose: The first impression is the toffee, followed by allspice and orange zest. Cola predominates because it rests in the glass, with a slight hint of pickle in the background.
Palace: Surprisingly biting in the mouth. Very spicy: black pepper, more allspice then vanilla extract. Peachy skin on the mid-palate is complemented by a medium long sandalwood finish.
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I expected better from this five year old bourbon. Perhaps those Wyoming winters were particularly mild and lacked the calming influence of their brethren. Yet it is good, and it is not a bad way to get money for our national parks.