Chapter 2, Part 2.
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.
In this Chapter 2, we continue the Wild Turkey story through its present day 101 proof single barrel offering, the Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit. Today we bring you a review of Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Belmont Beverage #1 Store Pick purchased in South Bend, Indiana.
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Belmont Beverage #1 (Barrel #617 from Warehouse T, Rick 61-1; Bottled: 6/15/2015) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Lee Bullock, Chris Crow, Stephen Benson and Phil Horvey) (NAS, but believed to be around 9 years)
Nose: Dark fruit, including plum, fig and raisin; sherry-like raspberry; tobacco, white pepper; dry oak (albeit a little less dusty than some Turkeys), brown sugar; creme brule; saltiness; a little bit of mushroom earthiness. (4.5/5)
Palate: Leather; fig; raisin; brown sugar, no spice to speak of; a bit thin. (3.5/5)
Finish: Fig, dry red wine, as this finishes like a dry cabernet; oak. (4/5)
Overall: Very different than a typical Wild Turkey experience, but not to our disappointment. Other than the faint dustiness on the nose, this didn’t come across like the spicy, oaky Wild Turkey we know. The Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Belmont Beverage #1 is one of our favorites, with fig and raisin sweetness and complexity that are really amazing. Overall, this one comes across much older than a typical Kentucky Spirit. (4/5)
Value: Purchased for the low price of $39, this bottle was a steal. It is rich and flavorful, and much more developed with age than most bottles. (4.5/5)
“The Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Belmont Beverage #1 is one of our favorites, with fig and raisin sweetness and complexity that are really amazing.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.