Review #17 - Wild Turkey 101






It's a morning for bourbon. Crisp but not freezing here, I got up at 4:30AM and fired up the smoker for pulled pork today. Gorgeous morning, just a touch of frost fading as the sun rises, and Wild Turkey is rough and tumble and perfect to start the day.

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, a touch of toasted corn and a bit of roasted peanut and charred oak. Not a big nose on it, but what's there is very nice.

Palate: Sweet vanilla caramel, baked corn and dry roasted peanuts, with bits of black pepper. A creamy thickness to it as well. It honestly reminds me of cracker jacks.

Finish: Long. Rich sweetness fades to dry spicy toasty flavors.

Verdict: Having been a scotch drinker for a long time who started getting into bourbon through some recent scotchswap trades, I forgot just how good basic Wild Turkey 101 is. I hadn't had any of this for probably 10 years. With much more complex depth of flavors than other bourbons that cost half again as much, you really can't go wrong for your money here. Very easy to drink for the proof, the alcohol burn just barely lets itself be known, in a good way. This will always have a place on my shelf.

Would I buy this: Yes. Even at twice the price, but don't tell the Russells and/or Campari.

Would I order this in a bar: Yes. If I'm at a bar I'm usually being fancy, so I'd probably go Rare Breed if they had it, but if not I wouldn't even blink. I'd just order this instead.

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes, and thankya. Cheers, mate!

Rating: ★★★★

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