Wild Turkey 101


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.

Following on from my tasting notes for Wild Turkey 81 Proof is the next sample from the Drinks by the Dram selection of Wild Turkey from Master of Malt that my wife bought me for Christmas.




Sweet, vanilla, toffee and maple syrup. It has almost a buttery quality to it. This is tempered by spice and oak. You get a bit of alcohol as well but just a slight whiff.

With Water: Spice is toned down slightly as is the alcohol, a bit more of that oak and rye present.


Peppery spice, rye, charred oak and a slight bitter edge to it yet over all sweet once the pepper subsides with vanilla and maple syrup coming through again but also a hint of citrus and nuts lurking.

With Water: As with the nose the spice is toned down slightly, this allows the sweetness to come through a bit more along with the hint of citrus.


Long lasting spice and oak with a hint of nuts again. Sweetness follows through but it’s hiding in the background a bit more on the finish. Slightly drying.

With Water: More nutty on the finish.


Another good bourbon with a good range of flavours and a bit more depth to it than the 81 Proof. If you want something with a bit less sweetness and a bit more character than this might be a good dram for you to try. The spice and charred oak temper the sweetness really well and as a result this certainly comes across as the 81’s older sibling. In terms of price it’s only about £10 more than the 81, coming in at the £30 mark. I think the extra complexity and the higher alcohol content (50.5%) compared to the 81 (40.5%) justifies this difference and it’s still a well priced bourbon.



Taken from the Wild Turkey Website:


For more than 60 years, legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been crafting Wild Turkey 101 the right way. With a high rye content, this iconic bourbon is perfectly aged in American White Oak barrels with the deepest char for more character.




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