Wyoming Whiskey Launches 2024 Outryder Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey has announced the 2024 bottling of Outryder Straight American Whiskey.

Outryder first released in 2016, marking Wyoming Whiskey’s first use of rye along with corn and malted barley.

In 2010, co-founder David DeFazio requested Wyoming Whiskey’s distiller at the time, Bourbon Hall of Famer Steve Nally, to develop a rye. Nally expressed reluctance; he didn’t want to make a rye and communicated his distaste for the spirit. The founders encouraged Nally to reconsider, which he ultimately did. Two different whiskies were laid down in late 2011, nearly 100 barrels of “rye” and 200 barrels of bourbon made with rye. In 2016, after Nally had left Wyoming Whiskey, it was time to bottle. New distiller Sam Mead called DeFazio to explain that the whiskey Nally had produced was only 48% rye, which disqualified it from the rye whiskey category. The team was stunned. DeFazio called Nally and said, “I want you to know that the ‘rye’ you made is spectacular — but why did you use only 48% rye in the mash bill?” Nally responded with an implied smirk, “Because I told you I didn’t want to make a rye.” Thus, Wyoming Whiskey Outryder was born.

Since this first bottling in 2016, the spirit has always contained the original 48% “almost rye” — until this year. The 2024 Outryder features a 51% rye recipe combined with the standard rye bourbon.

Outryder has an ABV of 50% and is 100 proof. On the nose is baked orchard fruit with cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut, according to distillery notes. The palate brings maple syrup with candied walnuts and orange bitters, before a finish of lingering chocolate and espresso bean.

“Our 2024 edition of Outryder is the first of its kind. It blends a traditional high-rye bourbon with a true rye whiskey,” DeFazio explains. “All of the barrels selected for this release were filled in early 2017 and have matured through the heat of seven summer seasons in our warehouses.” He continues, “As is true for all of our batched products, we selected barrels for their excellence and their ‘Outryder’ flavor profile; they were not selected according to a set metric. This batch has a 2.5 ratio of bourbon to rye barrels and offers notes of cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut and candied walnuts, among other rich flavors. We can’t wait for people to taste the 2024 batch.”

The 2024 Outryder launches exclusively in Wyoming, and then rolls out nationwide in the coming months. The suggested retail price is $84.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
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