Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 103.71 #752644 - Selected by Hood Sommelier
Barrel: #752644; ISC
Yeast Strain: 921
Proof: 103.71 proof
Age: 4 Years 6 Months
Bottle Count: 204 bottles
Mash Bill: 56/33/11 Rye/Corn/Malted barley
Tasting Notes: Color: Golden Orange Nose: Fruity (apples, white peach and pears), subtle presence of nutmeg. Palate: pepper, clove, orange/lemon zest (prominent) , under current very subtle sweetness of vanilla, brightness of zest gives way to some tannins. Finish: Long hints of tobacco, mocha, leather
About: Our Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskeys are offered as a Cask Strength release. 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. We also barreled at a gradient of proofs between 100 and 120 proof for our first few years before settling into 100 and 105 proof. This is the reason you will find releases of our cask strength Rye varying in 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.