Chapter 11, 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.
We move on to the next Chapter in Wild Turkey Month – “Decades Upon Decades.”
Last year, we reviewed Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades. Like many of Wild Turkey products, last year’s Decades contained a batch number (Batch No. 0001). Surprisingly, Wild Turkey released a Batch No. 0002, and we picked one up for a head-to-head comparison. That review comes tomorrow!
Recall Master’s Keep Decades is a blend of 10 and 20 year barrels (hence, “decades”). Since one review alone doesn’t warrant a Chapter, we decided to bring within this Chapter a review of a one-decade-old Wild Turkey – The Single Cask Nation 10 Year Wild Turkey release.
This release comes in just under 11 years of age (10 Years, 9 months). It is from the famous Rickhouse K, 6th Floor.
Earlier this year we brought you reviews of two mid-year releases of Single Cask Nation Wild Turkeys. Single Cask Nation is essentially a U.S. based independent bottler putting out a variety of whisky and other spirits. The earlier two releases – and even more so this latest release – were limited in number and were in high demand. The first two releases were “first come, first served” and sold out in minutes. With this latest releases, Single Cask Nation resorted to a lottery system. Flight Club member Stephen Benson was fortunate to get a bottle of each release.
Nose: Floral stems; vanilla; caramel; men’s musky cologne; fresh picked blackberry; funky barnyard notes of hay, dirt, and manure; salted caramel apple; salted peanut shells; chocolate candy shell; a hint of herbal spice; rye bread. (4.5/5)
Palate: Herbal; chocolate candy shell; grape frozen icy push-ups; a bit of heat and cinnamon spice; Twix; salted peanut shells; dry oak and cedar. (4/5)
Finish: Oily. Ink; herbal (we would peg this for a rye); cinnamon red hot spice; peanut M&M’s; dry oak. (3.5/5)
Overall: This is delicious, like a good candy bar from start to finish. As expected, this drinks a bit hot, but not unreasonably so. Unlike some high proof offerings, this one would be fun to play with at different proofs (and experience suggests, as we did bring it down with a few drops of water after spending some time with it). (4/5)
Value: $101. Thanks Single Cask Nation! We are glad to have this, as this is something not otherwise available from the folks directly at Wild Turkey. We value according to that rarity premium, and it is well worth it. (4.5/5).
“$101. Thanks Single Cask Nation!”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.