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Wild Turkey 101

Rough Rider's elixir

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@FrostReview by @Frost

13th Mar 2016


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Wild Turkey is famous here in Australia. It's stocked in all chain stores with a variety of expressions. Today is the 101 Proof.

Nose: Leather, sandalwood, oak, vanilla, walnuts, lemon zest, tobacco

Taste: Red and green apples, sarsaparilla, brown sugar, tobasco sauce

Finish: Dry, tart, leather, sour, medium finish length

This is good drinking right here. Love the ABV on this one.

I'm becoming a sucker for American whiskey with high ABV. And that can be a difficult thing to find here, when many mass produced core expressions of American whiskey stocked in chain stores is criminally watered down to 37% when bottled for the Australian market.

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Victor commented

@Frost, "high ABV" is a relative concept. By US whiskey standards 50% ABV was merely the old standard strength. 'Bottled in Bond' was the standard, at 50% ABV, up until at least the 1960s.

I like "high ABV" whisk(e)y. By US standards, anything over 60% ABV is "pretty high". So many of the US barrel strength whiskeys are over 60% ABV that that doesn't seem particularly high to me anymore, in a relative sense. "High ABV" for me begins around 68% ABV, and I have really liked every whiskey I've had the pleasure to drink above that mark. I must have over 15 bottles in storage which I cannot legally bring onto an airplane, because they are classified as 'hazaradous materials' at 70% ABV and up. I look forward to introducing you to a few of these if and when I see you in person...probably not the result of my having taken "a slow boat to Australia".

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

High ABV in Canadian Whisky is 43%... so sad.

7 years ago 0

Frost commented

@Victor so very true. I'm from Australia, where 40% ABV is peddled as the norm. I'd love to take you up on an American whiskey adventure ! I'd have to bring something Australian that is difficult to source there.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Frost, every Australian whisky is difficult to source where I live.

The only whisky I've tasted that was produced in your part of the world was a basic expression of Sullivan's Cove,...and that whisky was purchased in Canada.

7 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

@Victor...if you're referring to the Sullivan's Cove in my cabinet, it was actually purchased in California and kindly gifted to me. I don’t believe Ontario has ever seen a SC bottle on its retail shelves.

7 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

One of many bottles/distillers that have yet to make it here. Sigh...

7 years ago 0

Pete1969 commented

WT101 has to be up there with Four Roses Small batch as Best Buy Bourbons, great value always have a bottle in the house of one or the other, usually both.

7 years ago 0

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