Chapter 12, Part 3:
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.
In this Chapter 12, we review five “Classic 101’s.” We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend from the early 1990’s, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.” Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind. We post these reviews in no particular order.
This “Split Label” is the third in a series of Wild Turkey 12 Year iterations. The “series” began in the early 1980’s with “Beyond Duplication,” a bottle we hope to review in the future. It was replaced with the “Cheesy Gold Foil” label bottle that we reviewed on Thanksgiving day. “Cheesy Gold Foil” was replaced after the 1992 (the year we just reviewed) with the 1993 “Split Label” (the year we review today).
Essentially, not much should be different between the 1992 Cheesy Gold Foil and the 1993 Split Label, other than the obvious year of production and the label. Our blind tasting might help support or dispel that theory. We sampled this bottle last in our blind tasting.
Nose: Old. Plum; chocolate covered raisins; brandied cherry; oily (how is that a scent I don’t know, but it is there); burnt toffee; Earl Gray tea; orange; port wine. An exceptional nose for sure. (4.5/5)
Palate: Spent coffee grounds; brown sugar; butterfinger (chocolate and the orange crispy peanut-butter core); red hots; old leather book; cigar and cigar box. Delightful, and the cigar box really shines. (4/5)
Finish: Flamed orange peel and grapefruit; cream soda; cigar wrapper; cedar; vanilla; brown sugar; lingering hot tamales. This really feels like Wild Turkey. (4/5)
Overall: The nose was the best part. Unfortunately, it is a bit downhill from there, but luckily not far. Overall a quality pour. In our blind sampling, it proved to be a step down from the year-prior Cheesy Gold Foil. (4/5)
Value: We paid $325 on a secondary market. We are a little more than satisfied, even at that premium. A truly unique era of Turkey for sure. (3.5/5)
“The nose was the best part. Unfortunately, it is a bit downhill from there, but luckily not far.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.