WHISKEY ON THE RUN
David Defazio was once photographed in Skiing Magazine skiing the Grand Teton, and Kate Mead was a collegiate ski racer. They both know skiing, as does Kate’s husband Brad. The trio, all Jackson, Wyo., residents, decided to combine their love of the hills with a second love, spirits, and founded Wyoming Whiskey in 2006. The staff crushes Jackson Hole when they aren’t making hooch. A good batch, like a good skier, gets better with age. Most of a bourbon’s flavor comes from the maturation process, when heat causes whiskey to be absorbed into oak barrels, and cool temps re-liquefy the spirit with added flavor. These dinural heat swings occur all summer near Jackson, and Wyoming Whiskey’s five-year-minimum aging process produces a flavor profile different from many traditional bourbons. Defazio recommends trying it on the rocks, and takes pride in the fact that skiers are committed to regularly participating in the après component of their ski day.