Chapter 9, Part 5:
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 finish this second look at Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit with a first year release single barrel. Those bottles were capped with pewter covered necks and toppers, and are now affectionately called “Pewter Tops.”
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit was launched in 1994 or 1995 (interestingly, Wild Turkey themselves says 1995, but we have seen bottles dated as early as 1994), 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.
At the time these were created, barrel entry proof at Wild Turkey was 107 proof.
Nose: Earthy, funky and butterscotchy; metallic/medicinal; dark stone fruits like plum, apricot, cherry; wet leaves and dank oak; baking spice; a light amount of sugar icing; buttered dinner roll. This noses like it is much older than the typical 8-10 years, and as if it has no dilution. (5/5)
Palate: Just the right amount of old funk. Grape juice; raisin; brown sugar; light butterscotch; cinnamon candy; the inside of a butterfinger; cream soda. (4/5)
Finish: A finish that just doesn’t end. Raisin box; cream soda; butterscotch; a light metallic note. (4.5/5)
Overall: They just don’t make them like this any more. Exactly what you could hope for on a single barrel. And to top off the experience, there doesn’t feel like there is any dilution whatsoever. Great notes from start to finish. (4.5/5)
Value: A typical secondary price on this is in the $350 range. That is money well spent if you are a fan of high-end bourbon, frankly more so than current release bourbon that may be in that price range. (3.5/5)
“They just don’t make them like this any more.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.