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Review #78 Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Sweet Mash Rye - ABC Liquor Pick

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Distillery: Wilderness Trail

Proof: 110

Age: 4 Yr 7 Months

Mashbill: 56% Rye, 33% Corn, 11% Malted Barley

BACKGROUND: Wilderness Trail is a family-owned distillery in Danville, KY launched in 2013. They were whiskey consultants for 10 years prior to launching. Their whiskies include a SiB BiB bourbon, a wheated bourbon, another SmB BiB bourbon and this cask strength single barrel rye. They use a copper pot still from a single fermented batch of sweet mash which means each mash is fresh. They enter their whiskey into the barrel at a low proof of 100. This specific bottle is from a single barrel selected by ABC Liquor in Austin with some help from @atxbourbon, check out ABC liquor to get some tasty picks!

NOSE: Some nice floral notes waft up followed by nice oak, some nice cherry, and baking spices. It’s on the lighter side which is a little surprising for a cask strength whiskey, it’s well balanced too! (21/25)

PALATE: It starts off with some very sweet vanilla and then the spice kicks in! There is also some nice floral notes and oak! The spice is a perfect dance partner for the sweeter notes! It’s very easy to sip on and hard to tell it’s a cask strength (35/40)

FINISH: Loads of spice on the finish that left my mouth tingling. There is also the typical oak and pepper that is common for rye whiskey (21/25)

VALUE: With an SRP of $60 this is a great buy! It’s a cask strength rye whiskey that’s not overly spicy and has a nice sweet touch (8/10)

Overall: 85/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is an excellent rye whiskey, simple as that! If you’re in central Texas we highly recommend making your way to ABC and picking yourself up a bottle

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Willett Family Estate 4 Yr Rye

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Michter’s Straight Rye

Tell us what you think and give us some feedback!

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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