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Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

0.75l, 51.5%

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Wilderness Trail is making rye whiskey with a difference! Based in Kentucky, the distillery uses a mash bill of 56% rye, 33% corn, and 11% malted barley. Where lots of American distillers favour sour mash, Wilderness Trail makes its whiskey with a sweet mash. Sweet mash is fermented at a higher pH, and the reason it’s much less common is because it’s a little harder to control than its sour counterpart, where the acidity kills off any unwanted bacteria.

This particular rye whiskey is then matured in air-dried, #4 char (the highest level, also known as alligator char) barrels, before it’s bottled at cask strength – a generous 56%! There’s that hallmark rye spice, though thanks to the mash and fermentation, there’s a wonderful creaminess and lots of sweet citrus flavours, too.

Flavour profile










Zesty Calippo ice lolly, a good whack of cinnamon and clove, and a helping of creamy custard, with a distinctive herbal dill undertone.


Dry woodiness and cigar box, with spiced dark chocolate bitterness, more savoury herbs, and oily orange peel.


Vanilla returns on the finish alongside more clove.