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Review: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon (2008)

With Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam, Wild Turkey stands as one of the pinnacles of mass market whiskies. Of course, Wild Turkey has a far more dangerous reputation, owing to its 101 proof status… it’s right there in the name of the product!

Wild Turkey is a surprisingly tame spirit for something with “Wild” in the name. It’s textbook bourbon, with a very light vanilla character and a touch of smoke. Served straight, it’s pure firewater, hard on the palate. With a little water, it’s a little more charming, but there’s no backbone to it, and the spirit comes off as a little thin, with a surprising and strong apple/apple juice flavor. It’s mellow, and too much so: There’s just not enough meat on the bones here. Maybe it just needs a little more time in the barrel for my taste.

Wild Turkey 101 is a good complement for fruit-based cocktail recipes, as the apple component works will with other fruit flavors. Straight, it’s not really my bag. But try it with a Manhattan. Extra cherries.

101 proof.

Updated review here.


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  1. travis January 6, 2009

    i am a big fan of the 101 it is a lot smoother than the 80

  2. joe January 18, 2011

    This isn’t a good review; I don’t think the reviewer has the palate to speak on the matter. Anyone tasting apple just isn’t getting it with this bourbon.


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