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 5:
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.
Yesterday we reviewed a 1997 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Split Label.” “Split Label” is the third in a series of Wild Turkey 12 Year iterations. The “series” began in the early 1980’s with “Beyond Duplication,” a bottle we hope to review in the future. It was replaced with the “Cheesy Gold Foil” label bottle that we previously reviewed. “Cheesy Gold Foil” was replaced after 1992 with the 1993 “Split Label” that we reviewed last year. This review is of the 1994 version.
Nose: Butterscotch; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup; metallic; overripe strawberry; peach pit; apple skin; cherry; sand. (4.5/5)
Palate: Maple syrup; butterscotch syrup; red apple; sour apple; salt; strawberry; cherry cough syrup; cream soda. (4.5/5)
Finish: Drying cherry medicinal flavors; cherry; apple; cream soda; butterscotch. (4.5/5)
Overall: This bottle is absolutely delicious across the board. Amazing butterscotch and cream soda throughout. This comes very close to being one of the absolute great Wild Turkeys. (4.5/5)
Value: For $300, we would take this over just about any modern special release imaginable. (4/5)
“This comes very close to being one of the absolute great Wild Turkeys.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.