Wild Turkey 81 Proof


Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this bourbon very differently from me.

So far I’ve not really ventured into the world of bourbon. Other than my tasting notes for Buffalo Trace I have tried the odd bourbon at a festival but not written any notes on them. This is something I plan on remedying in 2017 and thankfully my wife bought me a Drinks by the Dram selection of Wild Turkey samples through Master of Malt for Christmas to help me with this.


Old gold.


Sweet and sugary intertwined with honey. Also has rich coffee and chocolate notes. A slight fruit note hiding underneath, has a sour edge to it. A good dash of oak also present.

With Water: More of the honey coming through along with some toffee.


As with the nose this is a sweet dram, with plenty of brown sugar, honey and chocolate. This is tempered however by spice and the slight fruitiness from the nose which presents itself as grapes, again with a slight sourness there.

With Water: More fruit shows through but otherwise not much difference.


Short to medium, sweet and slightly drying with the rich chocolate following through.

With Water: There’s actually less chocolate and more emphasis on honey with the addition of water.


A sweet yet also rich dram. A bit of spice along with a touch of fruit means that it doesn’t end up being overpoweringly sweet but it could still do with a little more to bring the sweetness level down a notch. Great if you have a sweet tooth though! As an entry to the world of bourbons this has been a great start and an absolute bargain at around the £20 mark!

On a side note if you’re a Jack Daniel’s drinker (Tennessee Whiskey, not bourbon – apparently they’re a bit precious about that distinction) and are looking to diversify without spending any more money then this is a good place to start. It’s around the same price and in my opinion has bags more flavour to it and isn’t as commercial.



Taken from the Wild Turkey Website:

Originally crafted by Kentucky Bourbon Hall-of-Famer Eddie Russell as “Wild Turkey 81”, Wild Turkey Bourbon is aged in American White Oak barrels with the deepest, No. 4 “alligator” char. With notes of sweet vanilla, pear, and hints of spice, this bourbon finishes with a flavor that is full and rich, whether enjoyed straight or with a mixer.


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