30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 88 (Wild Turkey Tradition 14 Year)

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 10:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we look at a gem of a Wild Turkey bourbon released this century.  This 101 Proof, 14 year offering from Wild Turkey was released in 2009.  It was distributed domestically and internationally, and we were fortunate to pick this up this year out of Japan.

It is said to be “aged for 14 years in new, white oak barrels with the heaviest level of char.” Approximately 30,000 bottles were produced.  

Whether the bourbon inside is quality or not will be answered below.  But simply lay your eyes on this packaging (which pictures do no justice) and you know that much was invested in this product.  The bottle has a metal sleeve around the base, and a heavy metal stopper.  The bottle sits down into a heavy felt covered inside, metal outside base, preventing the bottle from slipping out.  And a nice wood cover attaches the top to the bottom, with two buttons on the side to release the cover.

Wild Turkey Tradition, Master Distillers Selection (14 Year) (101 Proof) (Sampled by Jamie BaalmannStephen Benson and Scott Hill)

Nose: Vanilla custard; Wild Turkey rickhouse funk; gym sock; heavily buttered popcorn; chocolate malt/shake; baked apple and apricot wholegrain muffin; plum; pipe smoke. (4/5)

Palate: Oak; brown sugar muffin crumbles; black cherry; grape; peach rings; Big Red cinnamon gum; baking spice; pipe tobacco.  Wow. (4.5/5)

Finish: Big Red chewing gum; pipe tobacco; vanilla, caramel; rye spice; lingering baked peach. (4/5)

Overall: Very similar in profile to the American Spirit, but thicker, richer. Very enjoyable.  We feared that this would come across as over-aged/oaked. Not the case. Balanced and terrifically aged.  (4.5/5)

Value: We paid about $180 off the shelf in Japan. Amazing in comparison to other releases today.  And since this bottle has increased to the $500+ range on the vanishing secondary, we are happy with the buy.    (4.5/5)

“We feared that this would come across as over-aged/oaked. Not the case. Balanced and terrifically aged.”

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