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 18, Part 1:
We close out Wild Turkey Month 2019 with a dozen limited edition or classic Wild Turkey releases. Some of these are products that we have tried before, but with a different release year. Others are products that we have not previously laid hands on. But without a doubt, each of these Wild Turkey products are an exciting look back at the history of Wild Turkey.
In this Part 1, we review a Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year bottling from 1995. We previously looked at an Austin Nichols’ label 101 8-Year Export from 2009 and one from 1987. Last year, we reviewed several 101 8-Year decanters, and will review a few more this year as well. Prior to 1992, Wild Turkey’s signature product – the Wild Turkey 101 – was an 8-year age-stated product. That year it lost its age statement in the United States, and became, like many, “the old No. 8 brand” (through the late 1990’s) It would continue with its 8-year age statement in international markets.
Nose: Saltwater taffy; pool water; blackberry; raspberry; apple; plum; dark chocolate covered caramels; zinc/copper metal; Himalayan salt. Just the right amount of funk. (4/5)
Palate: Dirt; demerara sugar; sweet beets; tobacco; salty beef; popcorn; maple syrup. Very different with beet and beef notes, but delicious. (4/5)
Finish: Burnt popcorn; butter; red-hot cinnamon; nutmeg; apple skin; blonde roasted coffee; maple syrup. Wow. (4.5/5)
Overall: This pour brings just the right amount of old Turkey funk/dust to an otherwise very interesting pour. Here, the sum of the parts is better than any one individual experience. (4.5/5)
Value: We picked this up on a secondary market for around $200. This one hits above above its price. (4/5)
“Here, the sum of the parts is better than any one individual experience.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.