Beyond the Bourbon Trail
Most people who know about bourbon know about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour®, an experience that gets you up-close and personal with some of the big guns of the bourbon world. And yes, dipping your own bottle of Makers Mark is pretty awesome, but there are other equally memorable and unique bourbon experiences in Kentucky; they just happen to be off the beaten path.
So where exactly is “off the beaten path?” Danville and Boyle County, Kentucky, to be exact—the home of Wilderness Trail Distillery.
Never heard of it? That’s okay. It’s brand spankin’ new, having opened in the final weeks of 2013. Bourbon is currently aging, and in the meantime, the distillery is cranking out some seriously good unfiltered vodka and sweet sorghum rum.
The two master distillers don’t hail from a long family line or old-money mansions; their background is actually in microbiology. Think of them as the Heisenbergs of fermentation—they use their scientific expertise to make a product purer (and to our taste buds, better!) than most other stuff out there. And if their vodka and rum is any indication, we are in store for some mighty fine bourbon in the near future.
Master distillers Shane Baker and Pat Heist (left) are working around the clock to perfect their recipe, using the science of fermentation as a starting point. The finer features of fermentation are a big part of their tour—they even take you to their lab to see where the magic happens.
The best part is, of course, the tasting. Because Wilderness Trail vodka is unfiltered, it’s exceptionally smooth. While many people might never consider drinking vodka straight, they are often surprised when they savor the sample’s smooth taste and sweet finish. The rum is another surprise, with a unique sorghum flavor branding it as a true-blue Kentucky product.
Truly local flavor
Using Kentucky sorghum is just the tip of the iceberg for these guys—they source all their grains from neighboring Caverndale Farms, just two miles away from the distillery. As they’ll explain to you on the tour, the unique blend of Boyle County air, soil, weather, and sunlight produces grains and tastes found nowhere else, giving you a truly unique bourbon experience. We’ll drink to that!
Learn more about Wilderness Trail at their website.
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