Introducing Our First Barrel Pick: Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288

There’s something thrilling about the chase for a barrel-strength, wheated bourbon – it’s the kind of adventure we’d rack up miles for. But imagine our excitement when we, the Cocktail With Friends crew, landed our very own barrel! This isn’t just bourbon; it’s crafted for those bold, spirit-forward cocktails, balancing flavor beautifully from start to finish.

In a special episode, we sat down with Wyoming Whiskey’s co-founder, David DeFazio, diving into everything from their Private Stock program to life in scenic Jackson, Wyoming. David’s journey, from significant business moves to enjoying the simple life, mirrors the essence of our chosen bourbon – rich in stories and rooted in authenticity.

We’re buzzing to share this Wyoming Whiskey Private Stock with you. Our pick, the Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288 -“Cocktails with Friends,” is a single-barrel bourbon embodying tradition with a bold twist.

The barrel Bob meticulously selected is exclusive to Maine and promises an experience exclusive to Maine and our circle of friends and listeners.

Bob’s Tasting Notes –

Nose: A perfumed bourbon featuring notes of cherry, raspberry & Christmas sugar cookie

Palate: As expected from the heart of Warehouse C, this bottle features notes of caramel, orange, and vanilla with back pallet flavors of white icing or confectioners sugar.

Finish: This is what sold me on the pick. A black tea finish allows for a surprising, lasting end of a great pour.

Proof: 106.8

Age: 6 Years, 3 Months

Style: Wheated Bourbon

Mashbill: 68% Corn, 20% wheat, 12% Malted Barley

Designation: Private Stock

Price: $74.99

Location: Warehouse C, Column 28, Row B


While savoring this bourbon neat is a journey, we’re also thrilled to share some of our top cocktail recommendations crafted from this exclusive barrel. These recipes are designed to complement the unique flavor profile of our Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288, ensuring each cocktail enhances the bourbon’s rich notes of caramel, cherry, and that distinctive black tea finish.

CWF Old Fashioned

  • 2.25 oz. Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288
  • .25 oz. Sage Simple
  • 4 dashes of Owl & Whale Orange Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a mixing tin.  Add ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain over a large cube and enjoy.

Sage Simple Recipe

Add equal parts white sugar and water to a saucepan, add four leaves of fresh sage, and stir over low to medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes—strain and cool. 

CWF Winter FlightOur Winter Paper Plane Riff

  • 1 oz. Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288
  • .75 oz. Aperol
  • .5 oz. Cardamaro Vermouth Amaro
  • .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients to a shaking tin and share vigorously for 30 seconds, then double strain into a coupe glass. 

CWF Whiskey Warmer – Chile & Hibiscus

  • 1.5 oz. Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288
  • .5 oz.  Sorel Liqueur
  • .25 oz.  Ancho Reyes
  • .25 oz. Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz.  Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients to a shaking tin and share vigorously for 30 seconds, then empty ice and cocktail into a double rocks glass.


Our journey with Wyoming Whiskey Barrel 10288 has been one of passion, discovery, and camaraderie. From the moment Bob selected this barrel, we knew it was set to offer an unmatched tasting experience. 

No matter if you choose to enjoy it neat, embracing each nuanced flavor, or mix it into one of our carefully curated cocktails, this bourbon promises to bring warmth, depth, and a touch of adventure to your glass.

So, whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast or a cocktail aficionado, we invite you to join us on our Cocktails with Friends podcast, where we share insider tips, secret recipes, and engaging conversations with fellow enthusiasts of fine food and drink.