Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML
Distiller: Austin, Nichols Distilling Company
If you know my taste in whiskey, you know I can be a bit of a snob. I’m not a fan of most of the mainstream, large-quantity-produced whiskeys on the market. And not out of principle (I rate some of these very high), but just because I feel quality and taste is lacking in a lot of these.
Wild Turkey happens to be one of those brands that does next to nothing for me. I’ve had the bourbon, I’ve had the rye, and I’ve even had the American Honey (yuck!). But, as you probably have figured out, I’m a sucker for high-proof whiskeys as I feel that they can bring out a lot of hidden flavors. This is precisely why I picked up a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.
Of course, the nose is a little harsh due to the high proof. Once past that initial burn, there are some pleasant notes – some cherry and vanilla. Just a hint of rye shows up on the tail end.
Wild Turkey 101 has a very nice taste. It seems well-aged for something with no statement on the label. There’s some nice corn/oak sweetness, and very little rye influence (a positive for me). Add your standard caramel and vanilla and you’ve got a good tasting bourbon.
The finish is lengthy and pleasant, the way a high-proof bourbon should be.
Rating & Recommendations
I was pleasantly surprised by Wild Turkey 101, which is why it deserves a rating of 83 out of 100.
This whiskey was better than expected considering its counterparts in the Wild Turkey family. This is an excellent value, and I will most likely purchase again.