Chapter 13, Part 2:
Today we continue our last chapter of Wild Turkey Month 2018. This chapter focuses on Wild Turkey 8 Year 101’s from the 1970’s. While many of these fit into the “Classic 101’s” profile from the last chapter, what makes this grouping unique is that each of the bourbons were bottled in ceramic decanters.
Over these last four days of November 2018, we will bring you reviews of each of these bourbons – 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. We review these in chronological order. For a background on these decanters, including a discussion of the lead risks associated with each, we invite you to read the review of the 1975 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year.
Nose: Butterscotch; rich mature oak; salted caramel; rusty metal; leather; earthy and potting soil; rye grain and other herbal spices; citrus; french toast; plum. (4/5)
Palate: Sweet, combined with oak and cocoa; black grapes; maple syrup and french toast; plum skins; tobacco; leather; butterscotch. (4/5)
Finish: Very reflective of the palate, as each palate notes comes through to the finish. Metallic on the tail end. Probably the weakest link here. (4/5)
Overall: This tastes and feels older than that 1975, in terms of both time in the barrel and in terms of era. Very butterscotchy and sweet throughout in a very good way. This is very well balanced and the flavors marry well together. (4/5)
Value: With the known risks associated with these decanters, we struggle to get above 3/5 even with a price of $125. It is better than the 1975, but probably not much more than satisfying on value. (3/5)
“This is very well balanced and the flavors merry well together.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.