Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Bourbon
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 50%
Score: 92 points

Wilderness Trail Distillery Bottled in Bond Single Barrel Bourbon. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.Kentucky’s Wilderness Trail Distillery released its first Bourbon in the summer of 2018, and that release makes a statement. It takes a certain amount of confidence to make your first release a Bottled in Bond Single Barrel whiskey, and the whiskey justifies that confidence.

The nose has soft spices, caramel, honey, and vanilla notes. The taste has a nice touch of black pepper that doesn’t overpower the sweeter notes of honey, caramel, dark chocolate, and tree fruits for a nice balance and complexity. The finish is very long, and here the pepper just lasts and lasts while being complemented well by honey and caramel notes. Excellent! (August, 2018)