Review #393: Wild Turkey 101 (2017)
Review #393 | /r/Bourbon Review #225 – Wild Turkey 101 (2017)
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: Grains, caramel, toffee. Almost some nice salted caramel. There’s a bit of ethanol here but it’s balanced nicely with some coffee, caramel and vanilla. Really rich and well blended.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, clove and spice are here in spades. Lots of vanilla and toffee.
Finish: Short, there’s some heat here but it quickly fades to blend nicely with the sweet notes.
Overall: This is nice. Not as complex as some, but also richer than some. I’m not sure what to peg it as but I do like it more than last reviews so I’m going to rank it a 6. That one did seem to be an odd outlier but this is definitely modern, even if it’s not the most modern iteration.
Reveal: 2017 NAS 101
I was pretty surprised by this one. Given than these have been all over the place, I didn’t expect this to be the newest, most recent release since I liked it better than some, the same as some and not as much as some. It’s not exceptional, but it’s solid and delicious. I think at the end of the day, this shows the incredible value a fully blind test can offer.
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