30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 63 (Bond & Lillard Batch 2)

For the third 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. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Chapter 14, Part 3:

We continue this Chapter 14, focusing on some notable modern releases produced by Wild Turkey.  Today, like we did in Chapter 3, we take a look at some non-Wild Turkey, Wild Turkey products.

One of the first releases of the Whiskey Barons Collection was the Bond & Lillard Batch 1.  We took at look at it in 2017.  Today, we look at Batch 2.

[Author’s Note:  Admittedly, we may have rated the Batch 1 a bit high, as head-to-head we all seemed to prefer the Batch 2 over the Batch 1. ]

Bond & Lillard – Batch 2 (100 Proof) (Aged at least 7 years) (Charcoal Filtered)  (sampled by Scott HillJamie Baalmann, and Ryan Alves)

Nose: Sweet fruitiness with apple, stonefruit and grape; vanilla; caramel corn floral/herbal; butter; light pepper and spice. Light, with flavors that doesn’t jump out like we would expect, but not in any way displeasing. (2.5/5)

Palate: Bold at the front end, then the body drops off. Sweetness and heat ramp up mid palate; cupcake frosting; light brown sugar; muted baking spice; pepper; light fruit. Feels like something is stripped out. (2.5/5)

Finish: Dry oak; light tannin; apple; pepper. A bit of a change of direction from the palate. (2/5)

Overall: Like a standard Wild Turkey 101, but the boldness stripped out and exchanged with birthday cake. While there is some refinement over a 101, the boldness of standard 101 is what many truly enjoy, and that is missing here. (2.5/5)

Value: $45-$50 for 375 (or the equivalent of $90-$100 for a regular sized bottle) is just disappointing. There is some much better bourbon at a better value even in the Wild Turkey family, let alone its competitors. (2/5)

“There is some much better bourbon at a better value even in the Wild Turkey family, let alone its competitors.”

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