The Double: Jay Cutler, Brandon Taste Two Whiskeys From Wilderness Trail and a Mystery Bottle

by Chris Haney

This week on The Double, our hosts Jay Cutler and Brandon Chesbro have our viewers to thank for today’s lineup. After asking for some new suggestions last week, our followers came through with some great recommendations. So, Brandon picked up two bottles of whiskey from Wilderness Trail Distillery out of Danville, Kentucky.

The guys are trying out Wilderness Trail’s wheated bourbon and their rye whiskey today on the show. And Jay may need a drink after missing out on the buck he’s been hunting since deer season began earlier this month. The mature buck on his Kentucky farm’s property has now eluded him since last hunting season. Amusingly enough, Jay caught the buck on his trail cameras the day after he left Kentucky to go home to Tennessee. We think the deer is just taunting him at this point.

Yet as much as we feel Jay’s pain when it comes to hunting fails, we’re gonna press forward and get into some whiskey on The Double. Wilderness Trail’s spirits have come highly recommended to us in Outsider’s comment section. After doing some research on his two selections, Brandon thinks they’re both going to enjoy the distillery’s whiskey.

We’ve got Wilderness Trail’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Small Batch (Wheat) Bottled in Bond and their Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel. Plus, we’ve got a mystery bottle of whiskey that’s covered for Jay to taste without seeing what he’s drinking. Let’s get to sippin’.

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Wilderness Trail’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Small Batch (Wheat) Bottled in Bond

  • Color: Amber
  • Nose: Underpinnings of chocolate-covered cherries, honey, oatcakes and earth
  • Palate: Nutmeg and heavy spice, char, oxidized chocolate
  • Finish: Notes of rosemary and menthol
  • Aged: 5-6 years
  • Proof: 100 Proof, or 50% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $54.99

First up on the menu today, the guys area trying out Wilderness Trail’s wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Jay is expecting a lot out of the two selections today since as he says, “wheated bourbons and rye bourbons are kinda our jam.”

Both of the guys have seen Wilderness Trail’s spirits in the store and they love the look of the bottles. However, this is the first time Jay and Brandon are tasting anything from the Central Kentucky distillery.

“It’s not as smooth,” Brandon said of the wheated bourbon on The Double.

“No, that thing will bite you. It’s hot,” Jay said.

“You know I like it. It’s my jam. I like a little bit of a higher proof,” Brandon shared.

“100 proof or below and you don’t wanna touch it,” Jay amusingly said of Brandon’s preference.

Jay took another look at the Wilderness Trail bottle. He’s a big fan of the rectangular bottle and is hilariously looking for ways to fit it in his pocket.

“I’m not sure you can put that in your pocket, Jay. But you can certainly give it a shot,” Brandon said.

“Uhhhh, I might be able to put it in my back pocket,” a hopeful Jay responded.

Wilderness Trail’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel

  • Color: Light Amber
  • Nose: Oak, butterscotch, spice, leather, pepper, and dried fruit
  • Palate: Oak, dried fruit, cocoa, orange zest, angel food cake, and herbal notes
  • Finish: Oak, fruit, and spice
  • Aged: Minimum of 4 years, regular expressions expected between 6-8 years
  • Proof: 105 Proof, or 52.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $59.99

Next up, we’re trying out Wilderness Trail’s Straight Rye Whiskey. This one’s right up Jay’s alley and Brandon would be shocked if he doesn’t like it.

“Now this is single barrel, I think you’re gonna like it. That has Jay written all over it,” Brandon said to Jay on The Double.

“Oooo, you’re right,” Jay said after taking just one sip of the Straight Rye Whiskey.

“Bangin,” Brandon said after tasting the whiskey.

“Oh my goodness. That’s damn good,” Jay added as he picked up the bottle to inspect it closer.

I guess you could say the guys gave both spirits their stamp of approval. So, that means Wilderness Trail is two for two on The Double this week. For sure some great suggestions from the comments section. However, we’re not quite done just yet.

Mystery Bottle (Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey)

  • Color: Amber
  • Tasting Notes: Rich, nutty, honey, and vanilla
  • Proof: 70 Proof, or 35% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $29.99

For the first time on The Double, Brandon and Jay are testing out a flavor-infused bourbon, but we’ve got no idea what it is. Brandon has the mystery bottle wrapped up in a brown paper bag to hide what’s inside. This bottle is another recommendation from viewers left in the comments section last week.

“I’m very afraid, very afraid of it,” Brandon admitted as he opened the mystery bottle.

“Do you have any kind of a guess as to what this could be?” Brandon asked Jay as he poured the whiskey.

After sniffing the drink, Jay didn’t look amused. He guessed Butternut Schnapps at first after smelling the whiskey.

“Is this a punishment? Did we offend them somehow?” Jay hilariously asked of the two women who suggested the mystery bottle.

“I know what this is. This is the peanut butter bourbon, isn’t it?” Jay said as he hit the nail on the head before tasting it.

Indeed, the guys were trying out Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey. Brandon admitted the Skrewball is going on his bottom shelf now and joked that he thinks it’s made of 80% syrup. But Jay came up with a decent idea to salvage the bottle’s contents. Combine Skrewball with some maple syrup and pour it over your pancakes at brunch. True innovators here on The Double. That does it for this week’s episode, but tune in next week for more whiskey tastings with hosts Jay Cutler and Brandon Chesbro. Cheers, y’all!