Review #387 – Wild Turkey 101 1987 8yr
Review #387 | /r/Bourbon Review #219 – Wild Turkey 101 (1987)
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 101
Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bottler: Wild Turkey
ABV: 101pf | 50.5% ABV
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Sweet and spicy again. Caramel, cloves, toffee, vanilla. Some nice dough. Very different than the previous sample.
Taste: Nice mouthfeel, little thinner, but still very pleasant. Sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some clove and pepper. A bit of heat, though. There’s some faint cocoa here, chocolatey tobacco. Maybe a hint of orange peel.
Finish: Long, sweet and nice and peppery. Lots of interesting fruit here though, some orange, some citrus. Both faint. A good bit of cocoa.
Overall: This is very different that the previous test. It reminds me a bit more of previous samples that I’m confident were more recent bottlings. I’m going to guess this is late 90’s. It has that sweetness, spice forward profile. Lots of sugary notes like the desert caramel, toffee, vanilla and cocoa that balance very well with the spice and clove and pepper. I dig this.
The reveal, however, really snuck up on me. This is 1987 101/8 which pretty much shatters my expectation that this was a decade younger. Perhaps the 1991 was just a huge outlier but damn, I’m surprised. This dram was completely different and the sweet + spice + citrus was just delicious. This deserves the rank up.
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