Chapter 7, Part 2:
For the second consecutive year, over the month of November, 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 and rye whiskey. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.
In this Chapter 7, we continue our look at Wild Turkey Rye. Yesterday, we brought you a review of the current bottling of Wild Turkey 101 Rye. Today, we contrast that with a review of a 2015 bottling. As a reminder, Wild Turkey moved production in 2011. The current bottling, aged 4-6 years, is now likely all produced at the new Lawrenceburg, Kentucky facility. Versions from around 2015 and prior are likely all produced at the old distilling facility. This 2015 bottling only refers to production as “Bottled by the Austin, Nichols Distilling Company, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, U.S.A.,” while the current bottling refers to “Distilled and Bottled by Wild Turkey Distilling Co. Lawrenceburg, KY.”
Wild Turkey Rye 101 (2015) (Sampled by Scott Hill)
Nose: Rich rye spice and mint; light fresh sawed oak; light earthiness; caramel; citrus and ginger; baking spice (cinnamon and allspice); light pepper spice. The wood here complements the rye and herbal spice very nicely. (3.5/5)
Palate: Sweeter and less complex than the nose; caramel and brown sugar; vanilla; cinnamon sugar; apple; rye and herbal spice; floral and a bit vegetal. A nice sugary/creamy viscosity. (2.5/5)
Finish: A return to the complexity of the nose, but only momentarily. This begins with a nice woodiness and spiciness, with some delightful mint bubblegum, but then it transitions back to some overly sweet cinnamon sugar. (2.5/5)
Overall: I’m not disappointed. This feels like Wild Turkey in the way the nose and finish present oak and spice. However, this does seem to bring a bit of youthful sweetness that could be improved. (3/5)
Value: I picked this up for about $35. I’d buy it again, but probably mostly because of the Wild Turkey name. I can think of many better ryes in the $35-$45 range that are roughly the same age, and possibly higher proof. (2/5)
“This feels like Wild Turkey in the way the nose and finish present oak and spice. However, this does seem to bring a bit of youthful sweetness that could be improved.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.