Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Wild Turkey 101

One World Many Malts & many bourbons!😃😃. The quest to find the best whisk(e)y continues with Wild Turkey 101. It is Top Shelf & I found another unicorn apart from Buffalo Trace Bourbon. By unicorn I mean lower price but exceptional quality that takes one by surprise. 
In today's blog I will be sharing the following information- 

  • My research on the history behind this whiskey
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • SJ's Pro tip
Wild Turkey distillery opened doors way back in 1869. It was in 1940, the distillery gets the name after distillery executives shares his bourbon with friends on a annual hunting trip apparently they got the wild turkey. 🦃🦃
Now about Wild Turkey 101.Reads the product label "For more than 60 years, legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russel 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. It is made using corn, rye & barley with higher content of rye. An interesting fact is they barrel the bourbon at lower proof so by the time it's finished ageing they can add less water than other whiskey makers before bottling. This results in retaining true, rich flavor and deep auburn color it acquires from the barrel. 
Now time to see if this turkey lives up to the expectation. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Whiskey 
Price-  $24.49 for 750ml ($13.99 for 375ml pictured half bottle)
Age- 6-8 years
ABV-  50.5%
Country of Origin- USA
Distillery-  Wild turkey Distilling co, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Awards Won- Highly decorated since 2010. Latest being 2016, Double Gold in San Francisco World Sprits Competion. 

Tasting info-

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Golden 
Aroma- Caramel, Vanilla, honey just like its appearance, citrus, rye
Flavor- Oh my goodness! Wow! Sweet, smooth, lingering, chocolate, caramel, honey, oak, rye, spices, cinnamon, cloves. Wow! again 
Body- Full 
Finish- Exceptionally smooth, spicy, warm, long & lingering
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
For the price, it is an exceptional quality bourbon. it hits the spot for me, full bodied, smooth, aromatic and flavorful. Hence, it sits proudly on my top. 
Occasions-  Outdoors parties, hiking bonfire or just casual drinking with friends 
Cocktails- The high ABV & amazing flavor would make a mean Old Fashioned
SJ's Pro tip- For those looking for an alternate to  Buffalo Trace, there is another unicorn in town called Wild Turkey 101. It is as good or even better & much more easier to find. 

Like always I enjoyed tasting this new drink and so can you. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy like a gentleman. 
Not in the mood to read? Listen to my SingleMaltLives Podcast instead. 

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