Review #391: Wild Turkey 101 (1999)
Review #391 | /r/Bourbon Review #223 – Wild Turkey 101 (1999)
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 caramel, less spice but some heat here. Weird, bitter funk. Almost earthy but not in a pleasant way. Like rutabagas… is dis blantons?
Taste: Sweet and oaky, caramel and spice. There’s some cereal grains here and a faint hint of orange peel. Nice vanilla also, with some faint clove, pepper and leather.
Finish: Medium in length. Nothing really too remarkable here, there’s not a lot of heat but not a lot of much else either. Some sweets, some oak and then it’s gone.
Overall: This was interesting and very different. I really don’t know where to place it. The cereal grains were new and yummy but I didn’t love the earthy bitterness for the same reason I don’t like Blanton’s. Luckily they really only appeared in the nose which led the grains and orange to liven up the palate. It’s a shame the finish didn’t have more happening but I’m going to let it sit at Rank 6. Unique and (mostly) great.
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