Review #388: Wild Turkey 101 (2009) #6**
Review #388 | /r/Bourbon Review #220 – Wild Turkey 101 (2009)
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: Strong clove. Some cinnamon (like red hots). Brown sugar, burnt maple. Pinesol. it’s bold and spicy
Taste: Clove, turkey spice, caramel and toffee are big here. Some heat and some brown sugar.
Finish: Medium in length with some heat. I wish it were a little sweeter to balance but the clove is big and strong here. Less of that tobacco, cocoa and orange peel make me think this is a more modern sample.
Overall: Overall, this is quintessential WT101. There’s lots of baking spice, some pleasant heat, and some big toffee sweetness. I’m guessing this is something more modern, from the 00’s (vague, I know), but I’ve been surprised before. WT is really quite interesting that it can be all over the board. I could also be an outlier.
Reveal: 2009 NAS 101
Okay, so not too bad! I nailed the decade, which isn’t really something to be proud of. I’m sure many here could do it easily. This is obviously a closer relative to the modern off the shelf stuff which is nice. It’s not massively complex, but it’s delicious and has just the right heat and linger for the proof. I’m going to give this a Rank 6.
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