America’s best-selling premium bourbon, Wild Turkey 101 is aged for at least 6 years in barrels with the deepest char, before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof.
“For more than 60 years, legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been crafting Wild Turkey 101 the right way. With a high rye content, this iconic bourbon is perfectly aged in American White Oak barrels with the deepest char for more character.”Wild Turkey
Appearance: Light bronze/Rosé wine. Quite thin-looking, but there are legs and oiliness on the glass when swirled.
Nose: Spicy and peppery hit first. There’s a honey/vanilla sweetness struggling to get noticed, the more you nose, the more these aromas surface. Slight furniture polish and leather, classic bourbon smells!
Oak and char notes are evident, running through the nose. There’s also faint confectionary sugar, foam bananas and the like.
Palate: After the initial ‘Kentucky Hug’ there’s peppery spice and heat. Vanilla and honey tones coat the tongue well, a lot of body.
The oak and woody notes continue from the nose into the palate, nice consistency.
Finish: Short, for me at least, with plenty of spice and slight vanilla sweetness. Warming and moreish.
Overall: It’s a solid bourbon and, for the price, there’s not much that will match it. Woodford reserve maybe, when on offer, is a nice alternative.