30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 56 (Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend – 1992)

Chapter 12, Part 5: 

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this Chapter 12, we review five  “Classic 101’s.”  We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend from the early 1990’s, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.”  Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind.   We post these reviews in no particular order.

Today we move on to the original Kentucky Legend. Last year we reviewed a Kentucky Legend, but it was the later edition in a round, nearly hollowed center bottle commonly known as “Donut.”  “Donut” is a barrel proof, single barrel product, whereas this original Kentucky Legend was a 101 proof batched product.  Kentucky Legend would also be released internationally as a 110 proof bottling.

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Wild Turkey Month: Day 55 (Wild Turkey 101 8 Year – 1987)

Chapter 12, Part 4: 

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this Chapter 12, we review five  “Classic 101’s.”  We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend from the early 1990’s, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.”  Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind.   We post these reviews in no particular order.

Today we move on to the oldest of the bunch – the Wild Turkey 101 8 Year from 1987.  Prior to 1992, Wild Turkey’s signature product – the Wild Turkey 101 – was an 8 year age stated product.  That year it lost its age statement in the United States, and became, like many, “the old No. 8 brand” (through the late 1990’s)  It would continue with its 8 year age statement in international markets.

Despite its age statement, there is really no indication on how old the product in the bottle actually is.  It is widely known that Wild Turkey Distiller Jimmy Russell is said to have often times used much older whiskey than indicated in his blends, due in large part to the glut of bourbon during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 54 (Wild Turkey 101 “Split Label” – 1993)

Chapter 12, Part 3: 

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this Chapter 12, we review five  “Classic 101’s.”  We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend from the early 1990’s, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.”  Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind.   We post these reviews in no particular order.

This “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 reviewed on Thanksgiving day.  “Cheesy Gold Foil” was replaced after the 1992 (the year we just reviewed) with the 1993 “Split Label” (the year we review today).

Essentially, not much should be different between the 1992 Cheesy Gold Foil and the 1993 Split Label, other than the obvious year of production and the label.  Our blind tasting might help support or dispel that theory.  We sampled this bottle last in our blind tasting.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 53 (1999 Wild Turkey 101)

Chapter 12, Part 2: 

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this Chapter 12, we review five  “Classic 101’s.”  We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend from the early 1990’s, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.”  Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind.   We post these reviews in no particular order.

This particular bottle was an oddity of the bunch.  It wasn’t selected because it is known to be particularly noteworthy.  While we have heard really good things about late 1990’s 101, it was selected primarily to give some variety in the vintage of the classics – late 80’s, to an early 90’s focus, to this of the late 1990’s.

What do we know about this particular bottle?  Not much, other than it is non-age stated, with the Wild Turkey 101 product line losing its 8-year age statement here in the United States in 1992.  It is still a product of 107 barrel entry proof.  Beyond that, the whiskey will have to speak for itself.

We sampled this bottle first in our blind tasting.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 52 (12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil” – 1992)

Chapter 12, Part 1: 

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018!

In this Chapter 12, we move on to “Classic 101’s.” What do we mean?  Well, Wild Turkey has produced some glorious bourbons over the years, many of which have been released at the traditional 101 proof.   We recently reviewed one of those in our second look at Kentucky Spirit – the “Pewter Top” – but there are many more renowned 101’s still out there.

We selected five different 101’s to acquire and sample for Wild Turkey Month 2018 – a 1992 Wild Turkey 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil,” a 1999 Wild Turkey 101, the original Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend, a 1987 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year, and a 1993 Wild Turkey 12-Year “Split Label.”

Although these are all heavy hitters, we feared we might be predisposed to wanting to love certain bottles (i.e., Cheesy Gold Foil ranks so high on so many lists).  To alleviate that risk, Jamie Baalmann, Stephen Benson and I elected to sample the five bottles blind.   We post these reviews in no particular order.

We begin, however, with one of the all-time great Wild Turkeys, the 12 Year “Cheesy Gold Foil” bottling from 1992.   Cheesy Gold Foil was a 1980’s – early 1990’s 12 Year U.S. release.  We believe this is the last year this product was produced.  

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