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Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

0.75l, 51.5%

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Product details

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

Sweet

Fruity

Rich

Botanical/Floral

Delicate

Spicy

Wood/Rancio

Peat/Smoke

Nose

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

Palate

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

Finish

Vanilla returns on the finish alongside more clove.