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I always thought Wild Turkey was the drink of choice for those who were the real life incarnation of the slack-jawed yokel Cletus from The Simpsons. I walked by it for years without giving it a second thought. Then I came here and found many saying it was worth a try. I’m glad I tried it.
- Nose (undiluted): an initial hit of white glue, develops to floral vanilla, rich toffee and oak tannins with a bit of time in the glass.
- Palate (undiluted): a bit hot on arrival, medium-bodied, sweet candy-corn, dark toffee developping to fruity sour-cherry candies (the ones that look like little cherries on the vine). Yummy.
- Finish: medium-long, the fruitiness dissipates, vanilla returns but gives way to oak tannins and coconut notes on the finish.
Adding water brought out more oak notes, more vanilla but dialed back the fruitiness which is what I like about this whiskey. For a supposedly high-rye whiskey, I got no real “typical” rye notes. It’s not a bad thing, just curious. I prefered this without water at a “just right” 50.5% ABV. The fact that it’s inexpensive adds to it’s charm. There’s a great balance between oakiness and fruitiness. All for about $4 more than Jack Daniel’s.