Review #​188 Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye

Review #​188 Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye


Distillery: Wilderness Trail Distillery

Proof: 111

Age: 4 years 5 months

Mashbill: 56% KY heritage Rye, 33% corn, % 11% malted barley


BACKGROUND: Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye is a delicious cask strength rye made with a sweet mash and charred in #4 charred barrels. One of the things that sets this single barrel aside is how low the proof is when entering the barrel, coming in at around 100 proof, but coming out at 111 loaded with spicy hot rickhouse flavors.


NOSE: As you raise the glass to your nose, the first thing that really jumps out is the dark rye flavors mixed with a smokey oak and black cracked pepper. As you adjust to the spice sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and honey some to play. (23/25)


PALATE: An absolute caramel bomb goes off on your tongue coating your mouth with an unexpected, delightful, coating of caramelized sugar, brown sugar, candy apple, and honey. The pack end of the palate has yout more traditional rye spice and charred oak. (33/40)


FINISH: The finish is a bit dry compared to the exuberant palate leaving you with a fading sweet spiced oak that comes in and out with traces of caramel leaving you wanting more. (22/25)


VALUE: For $60 this is a terrific rye. Loaded with traditional rye flavors, but also packed with the sweet and smoothness of an expensive bourbon (7/10)


Overall: 85/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: An absolutely delicious rye, the caramel controls the palate but meshes very well with the oaky spice. If you like mild sweet whiskey that has a kick, this is the bottle for you.


Slightly Better Whiskey: WT Rare Breed Rye

Equal Whiskey: Angel's Envy Rye

Slightly Worse Whiskey: Bulleit Rye


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Scoring Legend:


96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away




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