Wilderness Trail

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Intro:

Our high in small grain Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys are offered as a Single Barrel – Bottled in Bond. Two special releases in one bottle! The Single Barrel selection offers nuances only premium cooper select barrels can create from their toasting and 18-month air-dried staves. In addition, the Bottled in Bond gives you assurance the Bourbon was properly distilled, aged over 4 years and bottled by us under the supervision of the U.S. Government at 100 proof. Our Bottled in Bond release mash bill is 64 percent corn, 24 percent wheat and 12 percent malted barley using our yeast strains. This is one of the highest ratios of wheat used in a Bourbon made in Kentucky. We entered the cooper select, toasted and #4 char barrel at 110 proof after coming off the still around 137 proof. We then age our Bourbon in our two -story Rickhouse A, moving floors each year of maturation.

Review:

This bottle also was collected when I completely shit my brains out on the store floor and bought $267 worth of bourbon in one visit….ID-EE-UT! I got excited because this is a new release from a newer distillery in Danville, KY, which is about 45 minutes from where I grew up. Oh well, worth the money to support some “GOOD OLE BOYS!”

Nose - The initial nose had a bit of a sour-ish smell to it….like the mash in the fermenter or a persimmon. It wasn’t gross or offputting…just not what I was expecting. The follow on sniffs were more typical of a bourbon. No astringency, but also not a sweet aroma. I assume the unique nose is attributed to the high wheat content.

Taste - No heat on the lips but the tip of the tongue feels it upon entry. Rest of the tongue is not getting much heat but the first sip is taking a flame thrower to the tip…JUST THE TIP! Has a unique flavor that is sour-ish and gritty, almost like it matches the initial nose. 2nd attempt: It has a duller and muskier (if that even makes a shit-bit of sense) flavor. The heat was much calmer on the 2nd go. I can’t really deduce any specific identifiable flavors. The 3rd sip was the smoothest in heat profile (maybe because the booze from today’s samplings is taking effect) and the flavor is still elusive. Maybe a hint of vanilla, no caramel and a pepper spice on the finish. This bourbon is a brain ninja…first sniff and taste, I wasn’t a big fan. By the 3rd sip, I found this to be so unique tasty in its own right, that I crossed the finish line a fan!

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Is it worth the $?

I don’t know if any of my review was helpful or made a bit of sense, but this bourbon is an outlier, which is refreshing in an industry that can produce a lot of the same old stuff. I got this for $50 and it is worth it to me to collect and support a downhome distiller. However, I have to say there are better mainstream bourbons to choose from for half this price.