Wild Turkey Month 2018 Conclusions and Parting Thoughts

It was another fun November, as we concluded our second Wild Turkey Month – 30 Turkeys in 30 Days.

Dusty Wild Turkey

Last year, we followed our Wild Turkey Month with a post discussing some of our key takeaways. Similarly, the following are some of our conclusions and parting thoughts after we had time to digest.

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Gentlemen devoted to the finest.

Wild Turkey Month Day 60: Wild Turkey 101 8 Year – 1978 Decanter

Chapter 13, Part 4: 

Today we finish 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.

[Author’s Note:  This day – November 30, 2018 – is my 40th Birthday.  To help celebrate the occasion, I sought out a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 bottled in my birth year.  In my buying research, I came across a set of these decanters at online auction.  I jumped on the opportunity.  The bottles were shared lovingly with my fellow Flight Club member and other friends at my recent birthday party.  And of course we post the review of the 1978 on this my 40th birthday.  Cheers friends!]

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Wild Turkey Month: Day 59 (Wild Turkey 101 8 Year – 1977 Decanter)

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.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Wild Turkey Month: Day 58 (Wild Turkey 101 8 Year – 1976 Decanter)

Chapter 13, Part 2: 

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.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 57 (Wild Turkey 101 8 Year – 1975 Decanter)

Chapter 13, Part 1: 

Today we move on to our last chapter of Wild Turkey Month 2018. This chapter could easily fit in the previous chapter, in which we reviewed “Classic 101’s.” This chapter focuses on Wild Turkey 8 Year 101’s from the 1970’s. But what makes this grouping unique is that each of the bourbons were bottled in ceramic decanters.

Before we discuss those decanters, let us first address what is inside.   We know the bourbon to be at least 8 years old, although it is well believed that Wild Turkey was putting whiskeys in these blends that were much older than 8 years old.

Where it is produced is even more of a mystery. Austin Nichols purchased the Boulevard Distillery in 1971. That was their first distillery “home.” Prior to that, Austin Nichols sourced. A known source was this same Boulevard Distillery, so there is a chance much of the whiskey in these blends was produced at this distillery. But there is certainly a chance it was produced elsewhere. We have no definitive answer on this question.

The more interesting story here is the decanters themselves, however.  In 1971, Wild Turkey released its first series of decanters. This series ran for 8 years, from 1971 through 1978. Each of the bottles featured a wild turkey in various poses. Each was numbered with its year of release.

In 2011, a thread began on straightbourbon.com addressing Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decanter Glazing.  The thread continues to see comments and questions today. The issue addressed is whether the glazing on these ceramic decanters contained lead, and then whether it contaminated the whiskey within. We won’t attempt to summarize the discussion and “findings” contained therein, and we won’t provide any advice. Suffice it to say that there is a known “risk” that there is lead in these bourbons, and we encourage everyone to gauge the risk accordingly. Our approach has been to sample in very light moderation, and not to return to these bottles but once or twice per year.

There is a market reaction to the above risk, and possibly other risks of these decanters as well. The containers are (obviously) not clear, so you cannot gauge the volume of liquid and its clarity. Many attempt to weigh the decanters versus known weights of full decanters to determine fill level (and, with hope, clarity, as emptier decanters often are cloudy). These risks result in prices on these bottles that is 1/3 to 1/4 of the price for high fill level, clear bourbon in a glass bottle, over the same span of time. We are unaware of any other differences in the glass bottle versus ceramic decanter bourbons, both of which are 8 year age stated, 101 proof Wild Turkey bourbons.

Over these next four days, we will bring you reviews of each of these bourbons – 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978.  We review these in chronological order.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.