30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 86 (Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year Decanter (1983)- 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.

Chapter 18, Part 8:

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.

These past two days we looked at different 1979 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year decanters.  Today, we take a first look at a 1983 decanter, with a second coming tomorrow.  As we mentioned yesterday, the whiskey here has sat in these decanters for almost four decades, which might affect different decanters differently.

Wild Turkey 101 – 8 Year (1983 Decanter) (101 Proof)(Sampled by Jamie BaalmannStephen Benson, Jay Cary and  Scott Hill)

Nose: Butterscotch; chocolate; caramel; cherry; almond; brown sugar; firewood; ginger; plum.  Very satisfying.  (3.5/5)

Palate:  Vanilla; caramel; brown sugar; milk chocolate; apple; peach; cherry nibs; raspberry; plum; metallic.   This reminds us of some of the non-decanter early 80’s Turkey bottles. (3.5/5)

Finish:  Unfortunately medium/short in length.  Copper/cast iron; acrylic paint; chocolate chip.  There is still some of the funky Turkey here to love, but the metal and paint notes are a bit controlling.  (3/5)

Overall:  This might not be our favorite decanter of all times, but it is certainly worth the experience.  There is much to love about even the average release from this era.   (3.5/5)

Value:   This was purchased locally for around $55.  To get this classic taste for that low price, we would buy and stockpile.  (4.5/5)

“There is much to love about even the average release from this era.”

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