30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 4 (Wild Turkey 101 Review)

 

Wild Turkey 101

Chapter 1, Part 4.

Over the month of November 2017, Flight Club will be bringing you “30 Turkeys in 30 days.”  Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product.  Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

We recently brought you Part 1 of this Chapter 1 of Wild Turkey Month, with company history and the evolution of the 80/81/101 proof products.   Today we sample a current bottle of Wild Turkey 101.

Wild Turkey 101 Review (Current Bottling) (Sampled by Scott Hill and Stephen Netherton)

Nose:   Some heat and must, but muted compared to the older version;  Heath bar; salted caramel; red apple.  (3/5)

Palate:  A nice balance of rye spice and oak; caramel sweetness; light vanilla.  (3/5)

Finish:  Medium; peppery rye spice lingers with some salted caramel and a bit of sweet cream (3.5/5)

Overall:  Solid and reliable.  There isn’t much that comes across with the Wild Turkey 101 that is “special” but there is nothing that comes across as offensive either.  (3/5)

Value:  Today, you can readily pick up Wild Turkey 101 for around $25 for a 750ml bottle.  It fairs well as a sipper even compared to many bourbons twice its price.  It is reliable as a mixer, and at $25 you won’t be heartbroken to buy another bottle.  (4/5)

“There isn’t much that comes across with the Wild Turkey 101 that is “special” but there is nothing that comes across as offensive either.”

Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

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