Review #378. Wild Turkey 101 2004

Review #378 – Wild Turkey 101 2004

Whiskey Network Review #378 | /r/Bourbon Review #215 – Wild Turkey 101 (2004)

The Schtick: Wild Turkey 101 is a NAS offering bottled at 101 proof. The mash is standard but barrel entry proof varies based on the era in which the barrels were laid down.

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

Bottled: 2004

Source: r/scotchswap sample

Export/Domestic: Domestic


Nose: Corn, heavy vanilla, mild oak. Lots of toffee, sweet bread. Certainly clove heavy – nice and spicy.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Not particularly thick. Sweet, a bit of astringency though. Sweet and rich with toffee, clove, spice and some pepper. Much less vanilla than the nose. There is some noticeable heat.

Finish: Mild compared to the palate. Sweet, spicy, still nice and complex. Oaky here. Drying. No astringency.

Overall: This does taste a bit different but not too much. I’m pretty sure I could pick out a WT101 blind amongst pretty much any other bourbon. That delicious toffee+vanilla+huge clove note combo is almost unmistakable. This is definitely that. Delicious, not a particularly impressive mouthfeel but the palate is spot on. Yum. For reference, there are 11 more dates (most domestic, one or two export) to follow after this. Those dates range from 1981 – 2017.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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