Wyoming Whiskey to Release Fifth Expression of Outryder High Rye


November 2, 2021

Wyoming Whiskey is releasing the fifth expression of its signature Outryder Straight American Whiskey.

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

Those who have been following the brand for years may recall the story of how Outryder first came to be—and it started with Wyoming Whiskey’s founding distiller, Bourbon Hall of Famer and former Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Steve Nally.

At the request of Co-Founder David DeFazio during the early resurgence of rye whiskey, Nally produced a high-rye whiskey that did not meet the legal 51% requirement to be called a rye; Nally, however, was not a fan of rye whiskey. 

Years later, as the spirit aged, it was discovered to contain only 48% rye. As a result, Wyoming Whiskey was left with no choice but to develop a straight American whiskey. (To hear a snippet of the entertaining and charismatic story from DeFazio himself, check out this video on The Spirit Guide Society’s Instagram from the previous launch.)

Following successful releases of its first two iterations of Outryder, in 2016 and 2017, Wyoming Whiskey came to terms with the finite amount of 2011 whiskey stock used to create the initial batches. In order to carry on this whiskey, Wyoming Whiskey has begun to marry its 10-year-old “almost rye” whiskies (48% rye, 40% corn, 12% malt) and bourbon (68% corn, 20% rye, 12% malt), with two whiskies distilled in early 2017, which are considered a “true rye” (51% rye, 37% corn, 12% malt) and bourbon (68% corn, 20% rye, 12% malt).

Because of the use of whiskies from two different distilling seasons, Wyoming Whiskey cannot attach the bonded designation. However, it is still bottled at 100 proof and it is 100% Wyoming made.

A total of 11,520 bottles of Outryder will be available for purchase throughout the U.S. at the SRP  of $74.99 beginning November 2021.