Chapter 9, 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.
We continue this second look at Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit with another store pick, this time from Midtown Wine & Spirits in Chicago. What makes these picks unique? Well, certainly the barrel selectors’ palates matter, but these are all picked from various age stock in various warehouses and various warehouse ricks and floors. Wild Turkey is known for different profiles, and certainly these variables aid in those differences.
Nose: Grape; plum and other dark fruit; cherry and other stone fruit; apple; apple skin; burnt sugar; light baking spice; slivered almond; light citrus; peach schnapps; some background funk/earth/clay; no alcohol burn. (4/5)
Palate: Earthiness/potting soil; grilled corn and corn husk; barrel char; late arriving plum and cherry juice; grape soda; some higher rye herbalness. (3.5/5)
Finish: Corn husk/vegetal, creating initially an odd mouthfeel and sourness. This develops with every sip. There is some mustiness that come through with some resiny young oak. More cherry juice and grape soda effervescence. (3.5/5)
Overall: This is very off-profile for Wild Turkey. There is no oak/spice/pepper/cinnamon notes that Wild Turkey is known for. It isn’t hot in any way. Interestingly, this tastes like a Four Roses yeast strain was thrown in to a Wild Turkey mash. (4/5)
Value: This was also in the $45 range. Its a good buy and one I’d pick up if I found it again. (3.5/5)
“This is very off-profile for Wild Turkey.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.