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Review: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Wild Turkey became a distiller in 1869 with its roots starting with Austin Nichols. In 1855 Austin sold wine and spirits out of his grocery store and would later in life come to be the owner of Wild Turkey. In 1954 Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller, joins Wild Turkey and to this day is the oldest and longest tenured Master Distiller in the USA. They've been making Wild Turkey 101 for over 60 years, and it is known for its high rye content and deep char on their barrels.

The Basics

  • ABV: 50.5%

  • Cask: New American White Oak

  • Nose: A bit peppery, and has that tell tale big rye nose. Toffee is in there if you tease it out.

  • Taste: Intense and layered, with waves of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, hazelnuts and mint.

  • Finish: Long and spicy.


Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Chris' Opinion: As of right now, when I think of bourbon, this is what comes to mind. I love this whisky, flat out. It has big bold flavors, nose, and finish, but not to the point of setting you back. Each component of the nose and taste can be pulled out over a glass of this whisky. The part that got me was the price. In comparison to others we've tried, this is by far the best value for what you get by a landslide for me with bourbons.

Dan's Opinion: I have been in an embarrassing number of liquor stores across the world and I admit. I have passed this bottle many times. I usually don't pander to the popular brands or those that are designed for the people at large. This bottle surprised me it was full bodied and a pleasure on the senses, something I totally didn't think would come from a brand like this. I have learnt a lesson from this bottle.

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