Craft Distiller Wilderness Trail Releases Oldest Bourbon Yet

Wilderness Trail 6-Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon. Courtesy Photo.

Wilderness Trail Distillery is celebrating their post-COVID reopening on June 8th with a special release – a 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

This marks the oldest bourbon yet from the Danville distillery, crafted with the same 24% wheat recipe used in their standard single barrel bourbon. The new release will also share the same 100 proof bottled-in-bond designation.

The distillery has been closed to guests since the onset of the pandemic, but as Bourbon Country begins to reopen, Wilderness Trail will now allow curbside pickup for this limited edition whiskey.

“We always practice patience in aging our whiskeys. We’re used to waiting for those great flavors the years spent in the barrel produce. But it’s been hard to wait for the return of our visitors. It seems like years since we’ve had guests. We wanted to make the first day back extra special,” says Shane Baker, master distiller.

Baker and his business partner Pat Heist began Ferm Solutions in 2006, providing yeast and fermentation expertise to distilleries all over the world. They founded their own distillery, Wilderness Trail, in 2014, making only sweet mashed whiskey, using fresh, dry yeast.

Wilderness Trail 6 Year Bottled-in-Bond will come packaged in a gold-lettered mahogany box set reading “Family Reserve,” complete with two shot glasses. The 100 sets will be available on June 8th for curbside pickup sold out in short order, but an additional 300 solo bottles will be offered in the gift shop in the weeks following the release for $75 each. Link here to shop Wilderness Trail products for curbside pickup.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.