30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 33 (Wild Turkey Christmas Rye)

Chapter 7, Part 3:

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.   This week we compared a current bottling of Wild Turkey 101 Rye to a 2015 bottling.   Today, we contrast those to a 1990’s “Christmas Rye.”

What is Christmas Rye?  As we mentioned in Chapter 7, Part 1, starting in the early 1980’s, Austin, Nichols “Straight Rye” was a non-age stated, 101-proof bottling, distributed with a green and red label. Those early bottling were known as “Christmas Ryes” because of their label colors. This scheme continued at least through the mid 1990’s.

Wild Turkey Christmas Rye

Wild Turkey “Christmas Rye” 101 (1995) (Sampled by Scott Hill and Stephen Benson)

Nose: Butterscotch and chocolate; red apple; old musty cognac fruitiness; fresh baked rye bread; decomposing leaves; almond; plum and cherry.  Amazing.  (5/5)

Palate:  Caramel and butterscotch; baking spice; medicinal/metal; potting soil; caramel apple; dank wood; herbal spice.  These funky flavors play very well together. (4/5)

Finish:  Very long.  Rich chocolate covered cherry; waxy apple skin dryingness; baking spice; a little astringent; a bit of watermelon candy/fruit gum hangs around. (4/5)

Overall: Incredibly impressed with this one.  From the nose to the finish, this feels like old dusty Wild Turkey, but the rye notes add something special.  One of my favorites for sure.  (4.5/5)

Value: These go for $500+. Buy if you have the funds and find it. If your means support it, you won’t be disappointed. (3/5)

“From the nose to the finish, this feels like old dusty Wild Turkey, but the rye notes add something special.”

Wild Turkey Christmas Rye

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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