Review: Wyoming’s Best New Bourbon?

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Based in Kirby, Wyoming (population 94, as of 2013), Wyoming Whiskey has set out to make a whiskey evocative of the place it’s made. The Mead family, who own the distillery, have been in the state for over a century and they’re now putting their ranching and farming know-how and ethic into creating whiskies.Nose: Caramel comes through on the nose more than anything, followed by hints of vanilla and a strong bit of cinnamon. There’s a little bit of minerality, too, that goes pretty well with the aforementioned scents. It’s a pleasant introduction to the whiskey.Palate:  Caramel, sweet corn, and vanilla are boosted by dark notes like cocoa, oak, and spices. There are hints, too, of citrus there that complement the darker notes nicely. This is an easy-to-drink bourbon, through and through.Finish: Medium finish with spice notes that hang around just long enough.Thoughts: Bourbons that come from places that don’t start with Ken- and end in –tucky get the short end of the stick more often than not (with no help from the common misconception that for bourbon to be bourbon it needs to come from Kentucky). Wyoming Whiskey has done a good job of making a name for non-Kentucky bourbons with this batch. Given a little more time, too, I think this bourbon will just get better. It’s good already, but you can taste the potential in it, too.Wyoming Whiskey’s small batch bourbon retails for $39. The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Nightlast_img read more

African entrepreneurs win UNbacked award for ecofriendly initiatives

The 2011 Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), spotlights new locally-driven enterprises that have found creative ways to overcome environmental and developmental problems while also creating economic and social opportunities for their communities.“The SEED winners illuminate a business model that cannot only be successful but have outcomes that meet the environmental and social imperatives of communities and countries across the globe,” stated UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.In addition to the general SEED Awards, a special Gender Equity Award was announced this year as part of SEED’s partnership with UN Women. The prize recognizes an initiative that not only fulfils the general criteria of the SEED Awards but is also women-led, or owned, and prioritizes gender equality or women’s empowerment as a core objective.The winner of this award is an initiative in Nepal that reduces landfill waste through recycling and uses organic waste to fuel biogas plants. It consists of over 1,000 households and businesses and is run by a women’s environment committee and supported by a local municipality.“UN Women is proud to join other UN partners and sponsor the first-ever SEED Gender Equality Award to lend a helping hand to women who drive sustainable development and the Green Economy,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet.“As we face rising disparities, mounting protests, faltering economies, and a changing climate, we must unleash the potential of women to contribute to the solutions our common humanity has to find,” she stated. “Sustainable development depends on economic and social equity, wise management of the environment and demands gender equality.”This year’s SEED Awards have a special focus on Africa, placing particular emphasis on initiatives from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.The SEED Initiative – hosted at UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) – is a global partnership for action on the green economy. By helping entrepreneurs to scale-up their activities, the SEED initiative aims to boost local economies, tackle poverty and improve livelihoods, while promoting the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems.The winners will receive a package of individually-tailored support for their businesses, access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, and profiling at national and international levels at conferences and through the SEED’s partners and associates.All of the winners will be honoured at a ceremony in South Africa that will form part of the SEED Green Economy Symposium at the end of March 2012. 15 December 2011A company that transforms groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in Gambia and a business in Kenya where women produce aloe-based skin care products are among this year’s winners of a United Nations-backed award recognizing projects that help promote sustainable development. read more