Review #367. Wild Turkey Distillers Reserve Japan Export 13yr

​Review #367 – Wild Turkey Distiller’s Reserve (13yr, Japan Export)

Whiskey Network Review #367 | /r/Bourbon Review #205 – Wild Turkey Distiller’s Reserve, 91pf | 45.5% ABV

The Schtick: An export only, extra aged Wild Turkey product. This, more or less, is WT’s replacement of the 12yr 101 export product which saw an end in production in 2014. This 13 year old bourbon is diluted to 91pf.


Distiller: Wild Turkey

Bottler: Wild Turkey

Bottle Code: (LL/DC041503)

ABV: 91pf | 45.5% ABV

Age: 13yrs

Source: Sample


Nose: Sweet corn, cream, vanilla, some musty wet cardboard (almost a hint of sawdust), faint clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Thin, not particularly bold, there’s clove, pepper, some must, it’s oddly astringent despite the lower proof. Mild sweetness.

Finish: Short, but tasty. This has a little more kick, there’s some odd astringency, followed by clove, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of caramel.

Overall: This is good, but not particularly noteworthy. I think the dilution really kills it here since the mouthfeel is thin, the palate isn’t particularly impressive and the finish is just ok. I would love to try this bumped up to 101 or higher. Overall, it’s not bad. But it’s nothing to write home about, let alone import. Rank 5.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5

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