Review 379 – Wild Turkey 101 (1994)
Whiskey Network Review #379 | /r/Bourbon Review #216 – Wild Turkey 101 (1994)
The Schtick: Wild Turkey 101 is a NAS offering bottled at 101proof. 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
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Thick, rich caramel. Much less clove, a little dankness to it. Sweet, doughy. has a lot of the same notes, ironically, as the ’61 crown I have. really caramel forward.
Taste: Almost no heat, whatsoever. Noticeably thicker than the 2004. Less clove, less spice. More tobacco, caramel, toffee. Noticeably sweeter. A funky little hint of orange or lemon zest. Absolutely turkey but a hair different. Bit of cocoa.
Finish: Medium, pretty mild. Little clove, mild astringency. Very musty and sweet.
Overall: This is very different than modern WT101. I think I like it a bit better than the 2004 but it’s also not as bright as today’s product. I think it’s good, I’m really a sucker for sweets so this is nice but it could get cloying after a dram or two without that really noticeable Turkey spice to even it out. I’m going to give this a Rank 7. I’d be content with a bottle and I did really enjoy this.
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