30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 78 (Wild Turkey 1855 Reserve (1996))

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 17, Part 3:

We continue Chapter 17’s look at Rare Breed, but today take a look at something other than a bourbon labeled as actual “Rare Breed.”  In 1992, Wild Turkey introduced the 1855 Reserve bourbon, which was Austin Nichol’s export version of the domestic Rare Breed.   Like the current Rare Breed it is known to be a blend of 6, 8, and 12 year bourbons.

Wild Turkey 1855 Reserve 01-96 (108.8 Proof) (1996) (Sampled by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose: Tobacco and metallic; old Turkey funk; wet log; plum; white grape juice; black grape; overripe apricot; tangerine; cocoa; coconut sugar.  Very approachable.  (4/5)

Palate:  Grape of every shape and form;  Fun Dip (stick and all); black cherry Kool-aid; metallic; leather; tobacco; ginger; herbal spice; ink; light pepper; stone fruit. (4.5/5)

Finish: Metallic; grape; caramel apple; leather; tobacco; barnyard notes (straw, earth). (4.5/5)

Overall:  Like the W-T-01-91, this is an exceptional pour in every way.  However, unlike it, this release is so much more approachable and drinkable, and is something I could drink everyday.  While the scores don’t exceed some of the other exceptional Wild Turkey products, this one would probably be a 5/5 on the drinkability scale.  (4.5/5)

Value: We picked this up for approximately $200. It’s solid. And you can’t find anything like it. (4/5). 

“While the scores don’t exceed some of the other exceptional Wild Turkey products, this one would probably be a 5/5 on the drinkability scale.”

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