Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon – review

Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101

I try to upload bourbon reviews regularly. Quite a while ago i took a sample of the Wild Turkey 101 to a vacation. That’s why the pics look a bit odd. Until now, I wrote reviews of more whiskeys from this distillery. At the end of the post you can find links to those tasting notes.

Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101

101 PROOF means 50.5% alcohol by volume

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Matured for at least 6 years

Wild Turkey 101

Color: amber +2

Tasting notes

Nose: almonds, bananas, caramel, vanilla, peach, cotton candy, prunes. For 50.5% ABV, the alcoholic intensity is surprisingly well hidden. I like the smell itself. Slightly sweeter and a little bit nicer than eg Maker’s Mark. 22/25

Palate: there is power! Cloves, anise, marzipan, cocoa … reminds me of mulled wine a little bit. It’s very pleasant. Peaches in syrup, cherries in liqueur, buckwheat honey, ashes. Sweet and delicious. 22/25

Finish: warming, dry, a bit like Gin. Almonds, anise, ginger, bananas, caramel. 19.5 / 25

Balance: the perfect Whiskey for this price range. A beautiful, rich aroma with well-hidden alcohol. In the taste, the alcoholic content is much more pronounced, which should not be surprising with this volume. In this aspect, Maker’s Mark (45%) works slightly better, the taste profile of which seems to be a bit deeper – more complex. Here … strong, tasty, pleasant bourbon, which I will gladly return to because of its intensity. 22/25

Overall: 85.5 / 100

Other reviews:

Ralfy (2013): 87/100

Serge (2013): 81/100

Price: approx. EUR 25

Wild Turkey 101

I was impressed by this Whiskey. For comparison, I sipped it together with Maker’s Mark and both are on a similar level. Wild Turkey 101 consists of distillates from 6 to 8 years old. It was enough (as befits the US). You can clearly feel the influence of the oak barrel, which gives pleasantly sweet notes and hides alcohol well.


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