30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 90 (Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend (“Donut”))

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 12:

We have finally reached Day 90! And with this, we go out in style!

Over this past twelve days we have been reviewing some very notable limited edition or classic Wild Turkey releases.  Some of those have been recent, some have been from as early as the 1970’s.  Today, we land right in middle, and in the era of some of the best bourbon to come out of Wild Turkey (or anywhere in the bourbon world) ever.

Today we take a second look at the Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend.  A bourbon that is widely touted as  one of the most sought after Wild Turkey releases ever.  A bourbon that our friend at RareBird101.com ranks as his #3 all time favorite.  A bourbon that we previously rated higher than anything other than Cheesy Gold Foil.  A bourbon that represents Wild Turkey’s only barrel strength, single barrel bourbon to date (as far as we know).  A bourbon affectionately called . . . the “donut.”

Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend, often called the “donut” due to the shape of the bottle, was a late 1990’s Wild Turkey special release.  We know this bottle was released both domestically and  internationally. We paid around $350.  Original retail would have been around $90.

We couldn’t wait to get into this review.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend (112.8 Proof) (Barrel No.: B-17-3) (Sampled by Jamie BaalmannStephen Benson and Scott Hill)

Nose: Juicy plum; grape; Juicy Fruit gum; #2 pencil; burnt sugar; dust; burnt toast; cinnamon-sugar; ink (like chewing on a Bic pen).  We know these words don’t exude greatness.  But this is greatness.  Amazing.  (5/5)

Palate: Fig; walnut; grape; plum; burnt caramel; butterscotch; almond; apple; spree; cocoa; ink.  So much flavor.  It follows the nose perfectly, with enough in common but enough new flavors.  (5/5)

Finish: Fig; leather; tobacccccccooooo; walnut; fruit leather.  Yes, there is tobacco, it is long and it is delicious.  (5/5)

Overall:  We went into this with high expectations.  And they were more than met.  The flavors themselves are delicious, and they compliment each other very well.  But this pour from start to finish transitions amazingly.  It feels like an experience.  In fact, this experience may be the best I’ve ever had with a bourbon.  Yes, the best.  To be sure, we poured a sample of the last “Donut” we tried from two years ago and sampled them side by side.  We continue to support our previous positions on the first bottle, but this second bottle is in fact better in every way.  For me personally, this is the best bourbon that I’ve ever had.  And our tasting group did not disagree.  (5/5)

Value:  As we mentioned, this was purchased for $350.  For the best bourbon we have ever had for that price, we are impressed and couldn’t imagine spending less.  Never before have we given a whiskey 5’s across the board.  Amazing, and worth rolling the dice on another bottle from another barrel.  (5/5)

“In fact, this experience may be the best I’ve ever had with a bourbon.  Yes, the best.”

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