Garnering gold in San Francisco
Wilderness Trail’s two Bourbon recipes and our rye whiskey all received gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits competition. Here are the results.
• Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon – Double Gold
• Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon – Gold
• Wilderness Trail Kentucky Rye Whiskey – Gold
Where to find Wilderness Trail Bourbon
We always want your liquor cabinet to contain some Wilderness Trail Bourbon and Rye Whiskey to share with your guests.
If you need to replenish your supply and can’t visit our gift shop, we are distributing across the country and Europe.
If you are interested in shipping and live in Kentucky where alcohol sales are allowed, you may download a shipping form. Please include a daytime address where the delivery can be made because someone age 21 or older must sign for it. We also would like a copy of your driver’s license. Cost is $25 to a ship a bottle and the fee increases based on how many bottles will be shipped. Email your form to Emily Toadvine at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, call 859-402-8707.
Outside of Kentucky
If you live outside Kentucky, we can ship to Washington, D.C., and there are other reciprocal states. Again, we will need a completed shipping form and a copy of your driver’s license submitted.
TRAIL MIX FEATURES SAMPLES OF CORE PRODUCTS
Our 50 ml sampler pack of our Wheated Bourbon, High-Rye Bourbon and Rye Whiskey cleverly is called Trail Mix. It will sell for $19.99 plus tax. The back of the package highlights the mashbill of each and sums up the Wilderness Trail story.
GOLD LABEL SIGNALS WILDERNESS TRAIL 8-YEAR BOURBON
Look for Wilderness Trail’s rye Bourbon with a gold label and an “8” on the neck tag. The gold label mashbill for the rye Bourbon is 64% corn, 24% rye and 12% malted barley. The 8-year is the mark where we feel the fruit, candy and nut flavors come through.
SILVER LABEL SIGNALS WILDERNESS TRAIL 6-YEAR BOURBON
Look for Wilderness Trail’s wheated and rye Bourbon with a silver label and a “6” on the neck tag and on the vertical label. The silver label mashbill for the wheated Bourbon is 64% corn, 24% wheat and 12% barley. For the rye Bourbon, the difference is 24% rye instead of wheat. The 6-year is deeper in character and richer in flavors found in more mature Bourbons. We hope you enjoy all the deliciousness of our Bourbons with this age statement.
WILDERNESS TRAIL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY SMALL BATCH BOTTLED IN BOND WHEATED BOURBON
Our high in small grain Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys are offered as a Small Batch – Bottled in Bond. The Small Batch selection offers nuances only premium cooper select barrels can create using 18-month-old air-dried staves. After all, the barrels impart a large part of the flavor. What is a Small Batch? At Wilderness Trail, it’s 18 barrels per batch, which was the result of one fermenter.
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, #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 rickhouses. We have more than 250,000 barrels aging onsite.
WILDERNESS TRAIL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY SMALL BATCH BOTTLED IN BOND HIGH RYE BOURBON
Our Rye small grain Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys are offered as a Small Batch Bottled in Bond, up to 18 barrels per batch, which was the result of one fermenter. The goal of the Small Batch is to capture the total essence of more complex notes from multiple barrels from distillate of the same fermenter. We’ve decided to release the Small Batch Bourbon as a Bottled in Bond so fans of our Wheated Small Batch Bourbon can do a side-by-side comparison.
What is the mashbill?
Our Small Batch release mash bill is 64 percent corn, 24 percent rye and 12 percent malted barley using our yeast strains. 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.
WILDERNESS TRAIL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY SMALL BATCH BOTTLED IN BOND RYE WHISKEY
Our Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskeys are offered as Small Batch, Bottled in Bond. Once our traditional sweet mash process is distilled in our column stills, we enter the barrel at the lowest entry proof we know of in Kentucky. We barrel at 100 proof and 105 proof to highlight the balance of the distillate and alternate solubility expression we get from the barrel at a lower proof.
Our three-grain recipe is 56 percent rye, 33 percent corn and 11 percent malted barley. Our rye mash bill is one we created for a broader balance of flavor to offset the typical high ryes commonly found. We use Kentucky-grown Heritage rye from our local KY Proud farm. We enter the new, air-dried #4 char, 53-gallon barrels at 100 proof and 105 proof for our Rye Whiskey and age until maturity in our barrelhouse. We age our Rye Whiskeys on the upper floors of our rickhouses for a minimum of 4 years with regular expressions expected to be between 6 and 8 years of age.
BLÜE HERON VODKA
Blue Heron Vodka, the Bourbon Drinker’s Vodka, has captured many accolades with the most recent being a platinum at the 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards. It’s made from our Bourbon Whiskey distillate and the only three-grain vodka mash bill we know of! We make it with the same yeast, locally-grown corn and wheat and barley from our #B5 mash bill that makes our Kentucky Bourbon so delicious. Its unfiltered smoothness is the result of multiple distillations and its sweet mash bill. Our vodka is distilled in our continuous column still just like our Bourbon, with a third final distillation in our copper hybrid pot still. In addition to capturing the platinum SIP Award, Blue Heron Vodka received a 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal and an American Distilling Institute Gold Medal for Grain-to-Glass Vodka with a Neutral Character. You can drink it neat to experience the flavor of the sweet mash or it makes a perfect base for your favorite cocktail.
Blüe Heron Vodka Recipes
Wilderness Trail Distillery believes alcohol responsibility is vital to promoting positive brand experiences and maintaining the long-term health of the Kentucky Bourbon and distilled spirits industry’s communities, businesses, consumers, and employees. That’s why Wilderness Trail Distillery and other KDA members demonstrate a commitment to alcohol responsibility by respecting non-drinkers and intentionally working to prevent overconsumption, underage drinking, and drunk driving in our visitor center’s daily practices.