Review #390. Wild Turkey 101 1981

​Review #390: Wild Turkey 101/8 (1981)

Review #390 | /r/Bourbon Review #222 – Wild Turkey 101 (1981)

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

Age: 8yr

Bottled: 1981

Source: r/scotchswap sample


Nose: Big fruity baking spices. Almost doughy. Some orange peel, big molasses. Pipe tobacco. Earthy. Almost like smelling a really earthy cigar.

Taste: Thick with little to no heat. Sweet and sugary with maple, toffee, and coffee notes all big and up front. Then it dries nicely – oaky, rich and musty. Some tobacco, musty leather, rich cocoa.

Finish: Long, mellow but sweet. All of that clove and spice seem to really fade here with sweet sugar and syrup taking the forefront.

Overall: This has got to be one of the older ones. I’m guessing an early 90’s because of the difference in viscosity and the real departure from clove, spice, heat that we see in the modern products. I really like it. I think it’s probably the best gobble yet in this series.

Reveal: 1981 8yr

Welp, still can’t nail even the oldest. It was good though and I’m amazed how different from the other 80’s / 90’s. I think this was my favorite so far, but definitely not worth the cost of admission. Luckily, I don’t factor price in. This gets an 8.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

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