Chapter 13, Part 3:
Today we continue our last chapter of Wild Turkey Month 2018. This chapter focuses on Wild Turkey 8 Year 101’s from the 1970’s. While many of these fit into the “Classic 101’s” profile from the last chapter, what makes this grouping unique is that each of the bourbons were bottled in ceramic decanters.
Over these last four days of November 2018, we will bring you reviews of each of these bourbons – 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. We review these in chronological order. For a background on these decanters, including a discussion of the lead risks associated with each, we invite you to read the review of the 1975 Wild Turkey 101 8 Year.
Nose: Herbal like a rye; toffee; vanilla; cocoa; fudge; some light cigar; cherry fruit; apple; white pepper. This doesn’t feel like dusty turkey, but the nose is still rich in flavor. (3.5/5)
Palate: Very herbal and metallic; a sweetness like from maple syrup, but quickly followed by even more metallic; sweet and sour hard candy, like a Warhead; caramel apple. Nothing like the other decanters tasted to date. (3.5/5)
Finish: Medicinal, with the metallic note coming through sharply; some rock salt; green apple; rye grain. (3/5)
Overall: This just doesn’t fit the preconception of “dusty Turkey” nor does it fit the theme of the other decanters. It feels very “rye” throughout. We are very curious if this was distilled at a different distillery. In addition, the metallic notes are very prevalent throughout this experience. (3/5)
Value: While it may feel harsh, given the risk of lead and the other decanter risks, and given the review notes above, we are less than satisfied, even at a cost of $125. This even takes into consideration the lower cost of these decanters compared to the glass bottle equivalents. (2/5)
“This just doesn’t fit the preconception of “dusty Turkey” nor does it fit the theme of the other decanters.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.