Kentucky’s Wilderness Trail Distillery began releasing products only in the last couple years, patiently waiting for their four-year, bottled-in-bond bourbon to come of age. A couple of years later, and the distillery is now slowly releasing its first six-year-old bourbons. This is their rye recipe (24% rye, 12% malted barley) made using the unique sweet mashing process, and since it’s drawn from some of the distillery’s oldest stocks, distilled on the original pot still.
The nose is robust with apple and peach notes backed by vanilla and caramel candies alongside cardamom and clove. The palate is initially led by the peach and apple notes before cardamom and anise surge with a splash of caramel and vanilla. The finish is dominated by wonderful baked orchard fruits before drifting slowly into drying oak spice in the form of cardamom, clove, and anise. Wilderness Trail continues to impress with wonderfully layered and robust Bourbon. Bottled at 50% abv.
Bottle Size: 750mL