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Wild Turkey 101

Rough stuff

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

14th Apr 2018


Wild Turkey 101
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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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.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

Wow. This sounds nothing like the WT101 I reviewed. Goes to show how different palates are. This is one of my favourite budget bourbons. I got lots of cherries and oak I think. Maybe give it time to open up and revisit later?

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casualtorture commented

Interesting, also not like the WT101 I had. I got a bunch of pecans, cherry and caramel. I'm sure as such a mass produced product there will be some variation. Maybe you got a bad batch.

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RianC commented

@casualtorture - I've always found it to be more than decent but some bottles have been 'hotter' than others to be fair. Polished off a bottle recently that had been open 6 months or so and it had mellowed considerably from when it was opened.

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