Chapter 12, 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.
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.
Today we move on to the original Kentucky Legend. Last year we reviewed a Kentucky Legend, but it was the later edition in a round, nearly hollowed center bottle commonly known as “Donut.” “Donut” is a barrel proof, single barrel product, whereas this original Kentucky Legend was a 101 proof batched product. Kentucky Legend would also be released internationally as a 110 proof bottling.
Nose: Metallic and ink that dissipates with time in the glass; red grape; apple cider; trail mix (raisin; chocolate; salted peanut; corn Chex cereal); baking chocolate and bitter coffee; brown sugar; french vanilla and burn sugar. This improves fairly dramatically as it sits in the glass. (4/5)
Palate: Thicker than thick. Black cherry; french vanilla coffee flavoring; flat cola; butterscotch syrup; chocolate. A delicious set of flavors paired with an unbelievable mouthfeel. (4.5/5)
Finish: Chocolate; herbal rye; black cherry; brown sugar; raisin; lingering flat cola. (4/5)
Overall: Here, oddly, the sum is not greater than the parts. And we are not quite sure why. The flavor note standing alone, and the individual components (nose, palate and finish), are each impressive. Quite impressive, actually. But for some reason those parts don’t merry together to create a better experience. It isn’t bad by any means. In fact it is delicious and we score accordingly. But, we were left with expecting more from the pour overall. (4/5).
Value: This is another dusty Turkey that can be found with a little effort for around $300. Given the level of satisfaction on each of the component parts, we were a bit more than satisfied at that price. (3.5/5)
“Here, oddly, the sum is not greater than the parts. . . . it is delicious and we score accordingly. But, we were left with expecting more from the pour overall.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.