Wild Turkey 101

American Whiskey Review #7: Wild Turkey 101

Distillery: Wild Turkey

Region: Kentucky

ABV: 50.5%

Age: NAS. Blend of 6, 7, and 8-year-old bourbons

Price: $2 for a 50mL miniature

Color: 1.4, Tawny

. Natural color.


Nose: Corn mash, a bit of cherry, some nutmeg and some clove.

Palate: Really smooth. You get a mouthful of cherries, the dark red kind, which is really nice. It’s about as sweet as a dark red cherry as well. There’s some more of the corn mash as well as a tiny hint of caramel.

Finish: Medium to short. Some more dark red cherry notes pop in along side some brown sugar.

Conclusion: I was helping one of my fellow mods over at /r/reddevils pick out something decent at a Duty Free shop when I realized I had recommended WT101 to him without having actually tried it. So I figured I should remedy that. While it’s a straightforward whiskey, cherries and corn mash basically, it’s a very well made one. The cherry flavor permeates throughout the dram and really makes it a delight to have. For the $20-ish that a bottle of this goes for, it certainly punches above its weight. Probably a great option for a daily drinker and one that makes me really want to delve into other whiskies made by Wild Turkey. Would I buy a bottle? If I drank bourbon more often, definitely.

Final Score: 77.

American Whiskey review #7, Bourbon Whiskey Review #6, Whisky Network Review #117


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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