Wilderness Trail (Yellow Label) Bottled In Bond Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $60)

SKU #1459654 Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Earthy notes of dried leaves, cut grass, and dried herbs on the nose. A thick palate, with cooked berries, grape jelly, tobacco leaf, and chile pepper. This is powerful and needs water, which brings out cocoa, coffee ice cream, cinnamon bun, and bitter oak. On the finish, the oak integrates with orange candy, cherries, cinnamon, camp coffee, and chocolate. Overall very flavorful, though perhaps just a bit barrel-forward. (DF, Winter-2021) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Wilderness Trail is one of the craft distilleries in Kentucky that is pushing the envelope and yet respecting the extremely high quality standards that have set Kentucky apart since the first bourbons were distilled. Before they were distilling for themselves, they provided an enormous catalogue of yeasts for distilleries, wineries, and breweries around the world. This expertise has allowed them to utilize the sweet mash process with stellar results. According to Whiskey Advocate: "Although Louisville’s Kentucky Peerless Distillery uses sweet mash to create its rye and bourbon, Baker and Heist believe that Wilderness Trail was the first Kentucky distillery to embrace the process as the sole mashing technique. (In fact, Baker and Heist assisted Peerless in selecting their yeast strains and designing their sweet mash process.) As with clean steam, sweet mashing—rather than the practice of sour mashing, where a small amount of fermented mash is included in the following batch—is meant to produce a softer, cleaner distillate. 'Sour mashing is often used for bacterial control, but you lose the flavor consistency in the stillage,' explains Heist. 'With sweet mashing, the yeast, grains, and water are consistent from batch to batch.'"

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By: John Flanigan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2021 | Send Email
The team at Wilderness Trail are true artists of distilling. Like other great artists, they can use the same palate of colors and tastes as everyone else, and yet produce something so far above what others are doing with the same materials. Their sweet mash process has proven to be a standout signature of their whiskey. The nose starts softly and warms into a fluffy cinnamon bun fresh out of the oven, followed by a mouthful of chocolate covered caramel, and a long warming finish giving the drinker a feeling of being wrapped in a wool blanket. Cinnamon, caramel, and chocolate are tasting notes you find in many bourbon reviews, but I promise not many bourbons taste as good as the works of art Wilderness trail is giving us.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2020 | Send Email
A tasty and wonderful addition to the bourbon selection. It is soft and round with a nice mouth feel, with caramel and honey flavors. With a splash of water it really opens up and becomes much more expressive. It is good both ways.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2020 | Send Email
I've read about Wilderness Trail for a long time now hearing great things from Bourbon insiders and up until recently it was only available in Kentucky so I hadn't been able to get my hands on it. Now that they have officially been incorporated into the Bourbon Trail and expanded to California I of course had to snatch up a bottle and boy was I in for a treat! There aren't terribly many sweet mash producers these days but Wilderness Trails founders specialize in yeast so they cultivate strains that allow for consistent and delicious whiskey. The nose is sweet and full of vanilla, nougat, and caramel. The palate is bold, round and sweet with a nice baking spice note and a bit of a bitterness on the finish that helps cut down on the sweeter wheat notes and balances the drink! Get them while you can, once people discover this one it'll be gone before you know it!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2020 | Send Email
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All the technical details are above so I'll spare you those, however this is an absolutely beautiful and surprisingly elegant Bourbon. I wish I had more experience with sweet mash Bourbons in order to identify what exactly it contributes but in the end what matters is in the glass. The smooth creamy lightly carameled and mid bodied palate weight is very easy to drink even neat, it comes off with a finesse that is hard to resist
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