Chapter 11, 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 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.
As to the Decades releases, both are a blend of 10 and 20 year barrels (hence, “decades”). The quantities of each is not reported. The idea of this blend is to combine the best of both worlds and to achieve a wide range of flavors that may not otherwise be possible without the age spread. As stated by Campari, “Master Distiller Eddie Russell’s harmonious mingling of liquid results in an extraordinarily enjoyable whiskey with the finesse and deep character of older bourbon, anchored by the bold, balanced, and vibrant backbone of younger bourbon.”
Nose: Very vegetal/floral (like rose stems); musty; chocolate; oak; butterscotch; leather; toasted almond; canned peaches; butter; cherry tobacco. A bit more ethanol compared to Batch 1, with a little less tobacco and more rose stem/floral. Batch 2’s nose is still very enjoyable, but a touch less than Batch 1. (4/5)
Palate: Again floral/vegetal; musty; oaky; potting soil; leather; salted chocolate; back-end green and red apple; almond. We like the palate a bit more on the Batch 2 than the Batch 1, although we might score both today the same 3.5. (3.5/5)
Finish: So very floral. This is like chewing on a rose stem. Chocolate; flavored tobacco; sweet pepper. An odd combination, but somehow it works. (3.5/5)
Overall: Last year we may have underrated the Batch 1, at least on the palate and finish. Batch 2 seems to be a bit of a single, floral experience. Not much variety and complexity beyond that, but still more than satisfying. If we have to pick a winner, Batch 1 takes the nod over Batch 2, although they both receive the same score. (4/5)
Value: Like last year, MSRP on this bottle is around $135. Locally, we see it as high as $150. At either end, we are satisfied, and score it accordingly. Ultimately, it drinks at its $135 price. (3/5)
“If we have to pick a winner, Batch 1 takes the nod over Batch 2, although they both receive the same score.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.