Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville, KY recently won a gold and bronze medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its Blue Heron Vodka and Harvest Rum. Look for Wilderness Trail, which opened in 2012, to have a limited release of its Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey this year and a limited release early next year of its Settlers Select, a single barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.
Wilderness Trail's press release on its recent awards is below:
Danville, KY. – Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Bourbon-influenced Blue Heron Vodka earned a Gold Medal and its Harvest Rum garnered a Bronze Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Since its introduction in 2000, this competition has become one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The 2017 competition was the largest in its history with 2,100 entries. The 43 judges are spirits industry experts.
Our Blue Heron Vodka, which now boasts three gold medals, features unfiltered smoothness resulting from a multiple distillation process and sweet triple-grain mash bill of corn, wheat and malted barley. After distillation, we add limestone-filtered spring water to bring the proof from 190 to 80.
Our Harvest Rum offers a unique sweetness and smoothness from the Kentucky grown and harvested sorghum molasses. After years of aging in fresh emptied Bourbon barrels, we offer this rum at 90 proof.
In addition to the San Francisco competition successes, Blue Heron Vodka received a Gold Medal for Grain-to-Glass Vodka with a neural character at the 2017 American Distilling Institute’s competition. Blue Heron Vodka also received a Silver Medal from ADI for Grain to Glass Vodka with a Residual Base Character.
In addition to these award-winning products, Wilderness Trail Distillery will have a limited 2017 release of a Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a flavor worth the wait. Early 2018 marks the limited release of Settlers Select, a single barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. Wilderness Trail Distillery intends to age its whiskey stock to 6- to 8-years-old before regular releases will be available.
We are particularly proud that our spirits are Kentucky Proud. The corn and wheat for the vodka and Bourbon are sourced 3 miles from the rolling Bluegrass hills of our 35-acre campus outside Danville. The sorghum molasses for the rum is produced in Mount Sterling, KY.
Wilderness Trail Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery located in Danville, KY, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour and 100 percent Kentucky Proud. The multiple award winning distillery was Manufacturer of the Year in 2016, Kentucky Rum Distillery of the year in 2015 and embarked on a journey to make the best spirits in the world after years of providing other distilleries with support through Ferm Solutions, a leading bioscience company providing innovative products and technical services.
Bourbon and Barns caught up with Wilderness Trail in February to learn more about the distillery. Read the interview with Wilderness Trail co-owner Shane Baker at https://bourbonandbarns.com/blog/2017/2/15/wilderness-trail-distillery-growing-and-expanding.