Wilderness Trail Distillery co-founders Shane Baker and Pat Heist first started distilling operations in Danville, Kentucky in 2013. They made it clear from the get-go that their first bourbon would be bottled-in-bond. Due to the immense startup cost required to start a distillery, it’s a rarity in the craft world to wait for four years before releasing your first bourbon. Props must be given to them for sticking to their guns. They emptied 40 barrels to make up this first release which was released in April 2018.
A mix of vanilla, caramel, and mild oak make up the nose with ever-slight hints of wild flowers. The bourbon tastes of leather, pecans, burnt vanilla, and astringent oak. It finishes with a pop of caramel, light grain, maltiness, and mild oak.