30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 84 (Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year Decanter (1979)- Part 1)

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.

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This year we take a second look at the early 1970’s-late 1980’s Wild Turkey decanter lines.  Last year we sampled the 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Inside these decanters is 101 proof bourbon, aged at least 8 years.  But where it was produced is a mystery.  Austin Nichols purchased the Boulevard Distillery in 1971. That was their first distillery “home.” Prior to that, Austin Nichols sourced. A known source was this same Boulevard Distillery, so there is a chance much of the whiskey in these blends was produced at this distillery. But there is certainly a chance it was produced elsewhere.

The more interesting story here is the decanters themselves.  In 1971, Wild Turkey released its first series of decanters. This series ran for 8 years, from 1971 through 1978. Each of the bottles featured a wild turkey in various poses. Each was numbered with its year of release.  Later series extended until 1989.

There is a known risk with these decanters as the glazing on these ceramic decanters contained lead.  It is not certain (decanter to decanter) whether the decanter contaminated the whiskey within. We encourage everyone to gauge the risk accordingly.

This year we will only review decanters from 1979 and 1983, but we will review two separate decanters from each, for a little insight on how the whiskey inside may have aged over the 40 or so years inside the decanters.  More in the coming days.

Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year (1979 Decanter) (101 Proof)(Sampled by Jamie BaalmannStephen Benson, Jay Cary and Scott Hill)

Nose: Heavily metallic; aluminum; ceramic; butterscotch; Three Musketeers candy bar; cherry Pixie Stick; orange wafer cookies; cherry cola; butter. (4/5)

Palate:  Butter; toffee; vanilla wafers; burnt sugar; barrel char; cola; cherry cough syrup; malt balls. (4/5)

Finish:  A huge “pop” of metallic; apple skins; vanilla chews; butterscotch; cherry/menthol coughdrop; orange powder drink. (4/5)

Overall:  This decanter is really good, but very “decanter.”  It has a heavy metallic note that makes you feel just slightly dangerous.  Like we mentioned last year, have a pour, but just one.  (4/5)

Value: This is another decanter that is picked up for its market rate of about $175 shipped. For the content inside, that is a great buy, just don’t drink it all. (4/5)

“This decanter is really good, but very “decanter.”  It has a heavy metallic note that makes you feel just slightly dangerous.”

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