New Wilderness Trace Distillery Danville Kentucky focus on quality, not quantity
Baker said the company intends to do this by offering a unique sweet mash process that is more expensive and time consuming for mainstream distilleries driven by the economy and revenue.
Wilderness Trace Distillery‘s, Wilderness Trace Bourbon and Kentucky Blue Vodka will be among the purest and clean in the industry, Baker said.
For example, Greygoose vodka is distilled four times, he said. Wilderness Trace will distill its vodka 17 times, offering a very unique product.
In addition, the distillery plans to offer a once-a-year product that is nearly unheard of a 34-times distilled heart-cut vodka.
Baker said when distilling alcohol, the still removes what is called the heads and tails, ridding the product of dirty bacteria and other agents.
What is left behind is the good stuff, called the heart by experts in the field. The heart-cut vodka offered essentially will be the heart of the heart, Baker explained.
Although Baker said the distillery’s products will be worthy of a high price, the vodka and bourbon will cost about as much as a non-premium brand, which ballpark in the $20 range.
The Danville KY distillery’s bourbon will not be available when operations begin in September because Baker said it has to age about four years. However, the company plans to age some of its product in smaller barrels to cut the aging process to about five months.
The Danville Kentucky distillery will also offer tours, which will be unique compared to typical bourbon trail tours.
“It will be more focused on the process of alcohol making as opposed to traditional distillery visits,” he said.
He said they also plan to make Danville‘s Rye Whiskey once a year in the fall to commemorate the city.
“It should bring a sense of pride and tradition to what everybody associates Kentucky with,” said Baker.