30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 5 (Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year Review)

Wild Turkey 101 8 year

Chapter 1, Part 5.

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.   Over the past two days we have reviewed two other Wild Turkey 101 vintages.  Today we sample a late 2000’s bottle of Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year (Export).

Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year Export Review (Sampled by Scott Hill and Stephen Netherton)

Nose:  Cocoa; herbal; less acetone burn than the NAS current 101; toffee; peaches; light apple; pre-ground black pepper.  (3.5/5)

Palate:  Rich; thick mouthfeel; a combination of root beer and cream soda. (3.5/5)

Finish:  Long and continuous; cocoa, but only slightly drying; balanced sweet and spice notes. (4/5)

Overall:  The backbone of Wild Turkey 101 is here, but the age becomes readily apparent in the addition of cocoa and the subtraction of heat and acetone burn.  The Wild Turkey 101 8 Year is a notch up from the regular 101, and something I’ll be looking for internationally.  (3.5/5)

Value:  While I picked up this bottle from a European whiskey auction at a bit of a premium, the retail price on this is around that of the Wild Turkey 101 U.S. release.  At retail this is a solid bargain.  At the price I paid on an international transaction, it is still satisfactory.  Our rating here will be based upon pure retail.  (4/5)

“The Wild Turkey 101 8 Year is a notch up from the regular 101, and something I’ll be looking for internationally.”

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