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.
Nose: Salted almonds; dark fruit; butterscotch; artificial pancake syrup and butter; dusty turkey funk; wet wood; apple; transmission fluid (and somehow that isn’t a bad thing). (4.5/5)
Palate: Thick and mouth coating (but not oily or creamy); demerara sugar with a touch of molasses; tea notes; strawberry; rhubarb; blanched almonds; sugar free pancake syrup; butter; cedar. No burn. (4/5)
Finish: a hint of red-hot cinnamon; old leather bound book; cedar cigar box. (4/5)
Overall: A symphony, with the sum better than the individual parts. A critique would be that its a touch thin. But it transitions nicely from sweet to fruit to spice to age. (4.5/5)
Value: Jamie picked this up for $115 for 1.75. Don’t tell anybody. An amazing buy. (5/5)
“A symphony, with the sum better than the individual parts.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.