30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 39 (Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Sturgis Liquor Pick)

Chapter 9, Part 1:

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.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit was launched around 1995 and is Wild Turkey’s first single barrel offering.  It is believed to be the second single barrel offering in the bourbon industry, after Blanton’s, which launched the single-barrel revolution in 1984.   Read more about this history, and the origins of the Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit product in Chapter 2.

Last year, we reviewed a modern non-pick single barrel and three modern store pick single barrels, from warehouses B, T and two from H.  This year, we focus first on store picks from warehouses G, N, D and T.  In part 5, we will bring you a review of dusty era “Pewter Top.”

We begin today with a pick from Sturgis Liquor, in South Bend, Indiana.  As a reminder, Kentucky Spirit was released at 101 proof, effectively making it a single barrel offering of the Wild Turkey 101 – save age and barrel selection.  However, as we have noted before, Wild Turkey can be dramatically different from barrel to barrel.  This held true with some of our Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirits we tasted last year.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Sturgis Liquor Pick (101 Proof) (Barrel #066 from Rickhouse G, Rick 4; Bottled: September 14, 2016) (Sampled by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose:  Perfume and floral; underlying corn; vanilla and candied caramel; oak; cinnamon; background earth and limestone minerality; dried tangerine; very light ethanol.   (3.5/5)

Palate:  Watery mouthfeel.  Cinnamon and spice; thin simple sugar; loads of fruit, accentuated by orange juice; jasmine.  Not overly complex, but decent flavor.  (3/5)

Finish:  Orange that helps transition from the palate; light vanilla and caramel; a bit of the floral/jasmine from the nose and palate.   (2.5/5)

Overall:  This one brings some unique flavors for a Kentucky Spirit.  While it isn’t overly complex, the floral notes combined with the sweet orange juice make it an interesting edition to a Wild Turkey (or any bourbon) collection.  (3/5)

Value:  This was on sale for $26.  At a normal retail ($45ish), we might be a bit disappointed in light of a standard 101 at less than $25.  But at $26, this is unique and well worth that money.  (3.5/5)

“While it isn’t overly complex, the floral notes combined with the sweet orange juice make it an interesting edition to a Wild Turkey (or any bourbon) collection.”

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

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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