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Nose: smoky! Wood char, tobacco, even a hint of fireplace. Not a lot of sweetness here, mostly oak and alcohol. Some fruity notes in there too, peaches or something similar. Water brings out some sweetness, along with enticing herbal rye notes.
Taste: hot and strong, again not much in the way of sweetness. The taste is actually quite rough, with sour notes quickly developing. For me, water is a must, taming the bitterness and again allowing the rye to emerge.
Finish: too bitter for my liking.
Balance: as a disclaimer I should mention I'm not a big Wild Turkey fan, having only tried their entry-level whiskies before. 101 is not a bad whiskey but for my tastes it's not much of a sipper. Too harsh and bitter. Unlikely I will buy again, even though it represents a good value in Ontario. Oh well, now I know.