New Wyoming Whiskey pays tribute to state icon

“I don’t like bourbon, but my system requires it.”

So said former Wyoming Governor Clifford P. Hansen, arguably one of the most iconic figures in Wyoming’s history. In his honor, Wyoming Whiskey just released “Statesman,” a limited-release bourbon hitting liquor store shelves July 1.

Hansen was born in Jackson in 1912 to a family of some of Jackson’s early homesteaders. His political life was long and involved. He served as a Teton County commissioner, a state senator, and the Governor of Wyoming. He was affectionately known in the West as the “cowboy governor,” and fought for “western interests” in all he did. The grandfather of Brad Mead, Wyoming Whiskey’s Co-Founder and CEO, Hansen was a pragmatic, affable, and forthright rancher and politician who was well-suited for the more civilized atmosphere of the time. Hansen died in 2009 at 97 years old.

“The barrels selected for Statesman reflect the impact and influence Wyoming’s environment can have on you,” said Sam Mead, Hansen’s great-grandson and Wyoming Whiskey’s distiller. “In honoring my great grandfather, I chose barrels that were unique because of their depth and complexity, much like my great grandfather himself.

Statesman has notes of cinnamon toast smothered with maple syrup, burnt candied orange peel, rum raisin, ripe dates, treacle, and browned butter. It is bottled at 97 proof or 48.5% ABV.

Statesman Bourbon will be available for purchase in stores across Wyoming on July 1, but with only 275 cases available, inventory is limited. It retails for $49.99.

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