Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.” The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment. We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback.
This month we thought we would cater directly to the “believed to be a good value” criteria. This bottle of Wild Turkey 81 is actually a 2015 Limited Edition label that happens to still be sitting on shelves around town. However, one such location’s sale price, along with a mail-in-rebate attached to the bottles, makes this a prime candidate for “good value” whiskey.
At under $10 for a name brand, mid-shelf bourbon, we felt we had to give this one the spotlight. This bottle offers a lower proof than its 101-proof brother, which may be more suited for those who desire strong flavors (straight or in a cocktail). But, this bottle is palatable on its own, especially for a new bourbon drinker, and a good one to pick up to use for those cocktails where you (or the drinker) does not desire the whiskey-forward profile.
Bottle: Wild Turkey 81 (2015 Limited Edition Bottle)
Age: not age stated, but believed to be a blend of bourbons all aged at least 6-8 years.
Mash Bill: 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley.
Location: Available around town, but currently available at Auburn Spirits at 13303 W. Maple in Wichita for the sale price of $14.99. In addition, these bottles feature a hang tang that includes a $5 mail in rebate, bringing your final price down to below $10! Hurry, the rebate expires on June 30, 2017.