Review #370 – Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit #1 (Lukas Liquor Pick)
Whiskey Network Review #370 | /r/Bourbon Review #208 – Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit (Lukas Liquor Pick)
The Schtick: Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is a single barrel Wild Turkey product aged somewhere from 8.5ish to 9.5ish years. It’s bottled at 101 proof with a mashbill consisting of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malt.
I’m doing these blindly. The sample has been revealed to me, post review, in order to title and add in the details for this review.
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bottler: Wild Turkey
ABV: 101pf | 50.5% ABV
Age: NAS (8.5-9.5yrs)
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Barrel: #181 Warehouse H – Rick 4
Nose: Toffee, sublte oak. Some mild astringency – think acetone, here. Vanilla, toasted almonds, caramel. Smells pretty nice.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel – about the same as 101 I’d say. Not too hot, but there is a sharp ethanol note here. Some tannic oak, faint vanilla and caramel and then a good bit of astringency. Maybe a little cocoa here, but it’s not wickedly sweet – more oaky and tannic. I’m surprised at the lack of corn notes here.
Finish: Medium in length and grows drying. It’s hotter than I’d expect for the proof here. Some sweetness but mostly oaky and tannic here.
Overall: Would I take this against WT101? Probably not. But, this is a single barrel product and that is 100% of what makes this series a blast. My better half has now revealed this portion of the blind log and this sample is from Lukas Liquor in Kansas City, MO. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t particularly balanced – and far more oaky and tannic than I would expect from a barrel under 10yrs (and one I would enjoy). It’s not bad, but it’s not exceptional. But, this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for another Kentucky Spirit tomorrow!
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