Distillers, bourbon distillers in particular are a patient bunch. Most aspire to wait four years so there bourbon doesn’t require an age statement and will check off the list of requirements to qualify as Bottled in Bond. Distillers and Co-Founders Shane Baker and Patrick Heist of Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville, Kentucky, have always maintained they would not release their bourbon until it qualified as Bottled in Bond and, to their credit, they’ve stuck by that rule. That’s not to say they don’t offer a younger rum and vodka, that’s just to say that they’ve always said their bourbon will be Bottled in Bond. Well folks, that magical four year period is here and their four year old BIB bourbon is set to be released.
“While our goal is to age much longer, these are special barrels that really shined at a little over four years of age,” says Shane Baker. “This bottling is part of the honey barrels of Bourbon that began aging in late 2013.”
A Limited Release of 40 Barrels of a Wheated Bottled in Bond Bourbon
The Wilderness Trail Distillery bottled in bond bourbon is a sweet mash wheated bourbon. The mashbill for this collection of single barrels is 64% corn, 24% wheat, 12% malted barley.
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“Our Family Reserve loyalty members will be rewarded with the first numbered bottles encased in a special collector’s box from a release of only 40 barrels. The limited release of our Single Barrel, Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in 2018 will be spread out among our loyal ambassadors and key partners in the market,” said Baker.
The release of their first bourbon will coincide with, “A Taste of Danville,” on April 28, 2018 at the distillery. The event will include live music, food offerings and of course craft spirits. Participating area chefs, restaurants, caterers and food trucks will offer their signature dishes. As part of the celebration, the gift shop will have the Bottled in Bond Bourbon for sale to the general public. Pricing for this release is expected to be $46 per 750 ml bottle.
Baker says, “The remainder of our barrel stock will continue to age to six years before we start our regular releases in 2020.”
35,000 Visitors to Wilderness Trail Distillery in 2017
The distillery, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®, welcomed a record number of visitors in 2017. Of the 253,453 stops at the 13 distilleries on the craft tour, Wilderness Trail Distillery’s visitors accounted for 14 percent, or 35,000, of the total. In addition, another 30,000 visitors visited when the distillery hosted the KY State BBQ Festival.
Wilderness Trail Distillery’s 4 Year Old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey