30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 85 (Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year Decanter (1979)- Part 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 18, Part 7:

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 looked at a 1979 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year decanter.  Today, we take a look at a second version of the same.  Why?   First, we are not certain all the year’s decanters will filled with the same batch by Austin Nichols.  But second and maybe more importantly, the whiskey has sat in these decanters for 40 years.   Would time affect these decanters differently?  We hoped to find out.

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

Nose: Butterscotch; brown sugar; vanilla; praline; pecan; baking spice; wood bark.  It really doesn’t get better than this. (5/5)

Palate: Toffee; creamy vanilla; ink; cinnamon; chocolate; butterscotch.  Good but not exceptional, and the amazing praline/pecan notes from the nose have vanished. (3.5/5)

Finish: Chocolate; vanilla; brown sugar simple syrup; herbal; toffee.  Rich and lingering.  (4/5)

Overall: While there is certainly some up and down to this ride, the overall quality from start to finish is fairly incredible.  We were extremely impressed.  (4.5/5)

Value:  Just like the review yesterday, 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)

“While there is certainly some up and down to this ride, the overall quality from start to finish is fairly incredible.”


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