Bourbon Whiskey Review
Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled in Bond Single Barrel
From the Distillery Website
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 using 18-month-old air-dried staves. After all, the barrels impart a large part of the flavor.
In addition, the Bottled in Bond gives you assurance the Bourbon was properly distilled, aged between 5-6 years and bottled by us under the supervision of the U.S. Government at 100 proof.
What is the mashbill?
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. All of our whiskeys are aged and matured on our 168-acre campus inside any one of our six rickhouses. We have more than 100,000 barrels aging onsite.
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The whisky we are reviewing is
Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon Single Barrel and Bottled in Bond.
Bottled in bond is a designation that mandates that brands clear numerous rigorous hurdles. The spirit must be aged for at least four years and bottled at precisely 100 proof (50% abv). It must be made by one distiller at a single distillery in one season, then aged in a bonded warehouse.
It has been aged for between 5-6 years, bottled at 50% ABV from a single barrel, it is natural colour as per bourbon rules and non chill filtered.
It is widely available in the UK in the standard American 750ml bottle, you can find it from the following selected locations;
Master of Malt £64.95
The Whisky World £64.90
The Little Whisky Shop £64.90
The Whisky Exchange £64.95
It has an average price of £64.93, if you do the conversion, for a UK 700ml bottle is is equivalant to £60.22, giving it a value score of 92.88 out of 100, which is a great score for a limited batch whiskey from a Family Owned distillery.
64% Corn, 24% Wheat and 12% Malted Barley, since there is no Rye this shouldnt be too spicy and should allow some great flavours to appear.
On the nose it has the bourbon notes, but it doesn't deliver in that brash oak heavy intensity that bourbon at this strength usually do. It has a unique nose that shows it is from a small craft distillery, it is slighly buttery, with caramel, vanilla and maple notes. There is a slight maritime quality when unexpectedly salt shows up. It is rather complex.
On the palate, the first flavour impression was Cinnamon Toast fried in butter. It has the classic bourbon notes with a oak finish, but not as intense. There is caramel, vanilla and some citrus. There are also some malt notes appearing with that buttered cinnamon. Its oily with a mouth coating texture. The alcohol isnt too heavy, but does nip a little to make a point. It is a very delicious bourbon.
With the addition of bourbon, scotch mist does appear, on the nose more of the classic bourbon notes. On the palate it makes it a little sweeter but the notes are still there delivering a quality taste. This whiskey is impressive.
This whiskey is well worth the price in the UK, it is definitely a bottle that we would buy, however, since the distillery is on our radar, we would probably look to try one of their other offerings, but the Single Barrel is superb and could easily be the one we buy. We rate this higher than our current leader in the category Angels Envy, as such we score it 89 out of 100.