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Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey Review [2021]

Jan 6, 2021

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If you’re looking for more background on why the Wilderness Trail Distillery team rocks, I’ve written about Wilderness Trails’ team and history. Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey was the one hold out from their lineup that I hadn’t tried. Wow, it didn’t disappoint.

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Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey Review

Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey

Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey
Settlers Select RyeDetails
Off the Still137 Proof
Barrel Entry100 to 105 Proof
In the BottleCask Strength, 112 Proof
Mashbill56% KY Heritage Rye, 33% Corn and 11% Malted Barley (Maryland Style Rye)
ABV56%
Barrel No.15D17-47
Char Level#4 Barrel Char AKA Alligator Char
BarrelsNew, air-dried 53-gallon barrels
Distilled and AgedDanville, KY
Age4 to 8 years old
In the RickhouseUpper Floors
StyleBottled in Bond
Sweet Mash
Single Barrel
Release DateJuly 2020
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$64.99
DistilleryWilderness Trail Distillery
4095 Lebanon Rd.
Danville, KY 40422
ProsComplexity and Value Are Out of This World
ConsI don't have any complaints. I could see a certain type of rye drinker asking for more boldness
AvailabilityLimited Distribution
RatingGold 94.8 out of 100 Points
InventoryKeep Stocked
Buy OnlineSeelbach's

Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey is a cask strength rye whiskey with a sweet mash and a crazy low barrel entry proof. According to Wilderness Trail, it’s the lowest barrel entry proof for a rye whiskey in Kentucky at 100 proof. This particular single barrel gained 12 proof points sitting on those hot high rickhouse floors.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

The stars are the sweet notes. Composed they are a beautiful orchestra of strawberry bubble gum, floral honey, with just hints of sweet oak and rye spice. It’s a lesson in complexity, balance, and subtlety.

Taste – 94 out of 100 Points

The palate flips the major players. On the front palate, I get more of the charred oak, baking spice, and rye toast with floral honey and sweet strawberries coming in later to balance the flavor profile out.

Finish – 94 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium with a measured warming through the end. It’s not your brash and bold 80s guitar solo but it’s balanced and delicious. This is a rye to start non-rye drinkers. It’s not going to kill their palate with spice and the sweet notes are reminiscent of good bourbon.

Complexity – 95 out of 100 Points

Complexity and balance are strong with this Wilderness Trail Rye Whiskey. It’s a fine dining experience rather than the normal fast-casual rye whiskey you’ll find on the shelf.

Value – 96 out of 100 Points

Around $60, the value is great for a sweet mash, handcrafted rye whiskey.

Verdict – Gold 94.8 out of 100 Points

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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