Sales set for Holiday Open House

Hot pink is the color of the label for our six-year-old, four-grain, cask-strength Bourbon to be sold during the December 10 and 11 Holiday Open House. The cost is $250 per bottle with proceeds from the sales going to our charity fund that supports families impacted by cancer. There is a limit of six bottles per person.

A four-grain is rare for Wilderness Trail as our usual Bourbon mashbill is either 64% corn, 24% wheat and 12% barley or 64% corn, 24% rye and 12% barley. Master Distiller Shane Baker explains that in October 2015, Wilderness Trail was making a seasonal change over from rye small grain production to wheat. As the grain bin was being purged to accept  the wheat crop, we noticed we were a little short to set a full fermenter with a regular mash bill. We immediately jumped at the opportunity to work with four grains and create Wilderness Trail’s first ever four-grain Bourbon whiskey. 

Since we had enough rye small grain for half of our normal mash bill of 24% rye, it offered the perfect approach to our four-grain mash bill to add 12% wheat for a mash bill of 64% corn, 12% rye, 12% wheat and 12% malted barley, a linear expression of our two Bourbons. We kept our ester rich yeast strain we use in our Bourbons and went into the barrel at our standard 110 proof for Bourbon.

We only made a few barrels from this opportunity, because we weren’t that committed to the new mash bill at the beginning. But as we checked in on those barrels over the first few years, we realized we needed to lay down more barrels moving forward. Unfortunately, that means there is a gap for a few years before we made any four-grain again, but we started producing it and it will be widely available in a few years after this single barrel release.

For this special release’s pink label, we tapped into the special energy that October brings to cancer awareness. With our cancer charity, we have paid overdue bills, bought meals for families, and set up college funds for surviving children. Proceeds from this special release will be offered to more families over the holidays this year.

Date: Dec 10, 2021 — Dec 11, 2021

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