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Review: Wild Turkey (Kentucky Straight Bourbon)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 21, 2018

Wild Turkey produces their bourbon from a mash bill which includes three grains: corn, barley, and rye. This mash bill is said to have a relatively high proportion of rye which gives the whiskey brand its signature spicy kick. The flagbearer for the brand, Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon  has recently replaced Wild Turkey 81 across North America (I am told that two spirits are actually one and the same and when I tasted the two spirits side by side I confirmed this). This bourbon spirit, rather than being bottled at the regular 40 % alcohol by volume is instead bottled at a slightly higher proof, 40.5% alcohol by volume or 81 proof.

Although the spirit carries no age statement, the Wild Turkey Website informs us that this Kentucky Straight Bourbon is blended from whiskeys aged from five to eight years (minimum 5 years) in what the company refers to as their ‘famous #4 alligator char‘ American Oak barrels. The website also lets us know that they believe the Wild Turkey Bourbon should be served over ice, or with a suitable mixer.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Wild Turkey (Kentucky Straight Bourbon) 

“… The initial breezes above the glass bring forward a sweetened butterscotch note wrapped in oak and cedar spice. Scents of vanilla and honeycomb come forward mingling in the air with the fine wood spices creating an impression of light toffee. The spices grow in intensity and begin to throw off dry rye-like scents of ginger …”

Please enjoy my review!



One Response to “Review: Wild Turkey (Kentucky Straight Bourbon)”

  1. Robert said

    Good reading! I’ve tried some Wild Turkey products, and will the rest. With the help of one of their brand ambassadors I’m putting together an article on the full entire array of their products: Wild Turkey 81 and 101, Russel’s Rye, Rare Breed, Russel’s Reserve, Kentucky Spirit. Will eventually add their new product, Longbranch.

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