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Bottling NameWild Turkey
Bottled ByAustin Nichols Distilling Co. Lawrenceburg,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content101 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Not Available Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Not Available
Views (since 20080612) 89516
Bottling Info<From their website> Smooth and richly colored, Wild Turkey Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is a genuine super-premium bourbon carefully crafted in the heart of Kentucky. Wild Turkey 101??? offers a lesson in traditional American values, most notably, the refusal to compromise on standards of excellence.

Jimmy Russell notes that unlike some of its competitors, "We make Wild Turkey the old-fashioned way. It's a totally natural process which takes substantially more time and money, but we believe it's worth it."

Wild Turkey 101??? has an exceptionally soft, but rich aroma for a high proof bourbon, due to quality at all stages of its production. The taste is an American classic with caramel and vanilla and notes of honey and oranges. The finish is very long, rich and full-bodied, powerful, yet soothing.

As many competitors distill at higher (and less expensive) proofs, they must add water to bring down the proof of their bourbons. Wild Turkey, on the other hand, comes out of the barrel at about 109???allowing our distiller to add little water and retain the true characteristics of the bourbon flavor. Wild Turkey is put it into the barrel at a lower (and more expensive) proof. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell likens it to making a great soup; if you cook it longer at a lower temperature, you retain the best flavors.

Wild Turkey 101??? is the recipient of a Bronze Medal at the 2000 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has also been awarded the American Tasting Award of Exellence.
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Review from dave5422 (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2286, Created:20131221210856)
Purchased at:Celebrations
Purchased for:$25.99
Info on this bottle:750ml
Nose:spicy, heavy vanilla and oak
Taste:nice sweetness giving way to the darker oak
Finish:long finish with that lingering oak with the bold dry alcohol
Overall:have always been fan of WT especially this higher proof. is one of my standby bourbons, always on my shelf

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Review from Wasatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2268, Created:20131023174204)
Purchased at:SLS Layton, UT
Purchased for:$24.99 750ml
Nose:Nice dark golden amber color.

Very nice vanilla note, caramel, some maple, nice oaky scent, spicy.
Taste:Sweet on the lips, very nice oak note, spicy, with some vanilla/maple notes.
Finish:Lasts pretty long, with a slightly dry finish, tobacco. Pretty smooth for such a high proof bourbon.
Overall:A very nice bourbon, would highly recommend, would buy again also.

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Review from Watson Roadster (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2235, Created:20130902001536, Updated:20130907014606)
Purchased at:Duty free in Buffalo,New York (Comin' back from Oswego.....Classic Time!!!)
Purchased for:$21 US
Info on this bottle:Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1 Litre bottle...
Nose:Vanilla,brown sugar,caramel,leather,hints of oak,alcohol...
Taste:Corn sweetness then rapid hot cinnamon pepper (like you just took a big bite of something very spicey that you shouldn't have...lol),vanilla...fading to a nutty earthiness (if that makes sense?)
Finish:The original sweetness fades to a nuttiness (walnuts) and more pronounced oak and barrel char...This is relatively lengthy...
Overall:This is the first time I've ever had the 101 as only the 81 is available up here at the moment.It's nothing like the 81 at all...Where the 81 is soft and sweet,this stuff is like a punch in the mouth!!!Someone called it a terror attack and that is an apt description if you think is is a sweet bourbon..It is,but it ain't,if you catch my drift?This was the last bottle on the shelf at the Duty Free I stopped in and I have been looking for it for a while.It's not bad stuff but it's not to be taken lightly...

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2212, Created:20130705185715, Updated:20130705200336)
Purchased at:Bought duty-free Boston Logan by a friend
Purchased for:$27.00 (U.S.), for a liter.
Info on this bottle:Current production
Nose:Mild, nutty, earth and ethanol.
Taste:A rich feisty drink of whiskey with the rye forward in the mash. Chewy, tasty, no compromises here.
Finish:Light oak, good aromatics, menthol
Overall:A U.S. classic. It's not brandy-like, or malt-like, or Givenchy-perfume like, it's Grade A U.S. bourbon from the warp and woof of the land.

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Review from bean89 (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2073, Created:20120511011153) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Pip's Liquor Store
Purchased for:~$18
Info on this bottle:standard
Nose:Vanilla, rye, and caramel
Taste:Rye and vanilla
Finish:a little boozey burn on the finish
Overall:This is a great bourbon for sipping or making in an old fashioned cocktail. It has that top shelf taste without the top self price

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Review from Birdo (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1943, Created:20110319201026, Updated:20110402083006)
Purchased at:Louisville Liquor Barn on Hurstborne
Purchased for:$18.99/750ml
Info on this bottle:Wild Turkey 101, no age listed.
Proof Of this Bottle:101
Nose:Vanilla, carmel, oak, char and sweet.
Taste:Smooth corn with medium thickness, then a spicy finish, no bad aftertaste
Finish:Huge rye finish, clearly old style. Long nice finish, not overly thick
Overall:Very good mid-grade bourbon, plenty of character and no rough edges, not to heavy, very drinkable, I like it. Better than Jack at a much higher proof and better price too, what's not to like in this salloon style original? It's easy to see why WT101 has had such a following for a long period of time, high appeal to most bourbon drinkers.

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Review from oisin (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1835, Created:20100516023850)
Purchased at:Woodman's, Oak Creek Wisconsin
Purchased for:$31.99 for 1.75 liter bottle
Nose:Vanilla, honey, oak, lots of ethanol burn - do I have any nose hair left after a deep inhale? Maybe better after letting sit for a while...
Taste:Thin and astringent; with a start of creamy vanilla and followed by a much dryer oak and then loads of black pepper spice.
Finish:Lots of dry heat with the pepper coating the tongue for long periods of burn (on fire if mouth opened to air) turning to numbness and then back to just enough sweetness to make you want the next sip.
Overall:Good thing I like my bourbon to have some bite to it... has just enough other stuff going to to bring me back to it from time to time when the price is right. Much rather be drinking something like Eagle Rare for the price but the price was right this time to buy the dirty bird.

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Review from Chipblood (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1783, Created:20091228120702)
Purchased at:Wyatt Earp Liquor Store (Dodge City, KS)
Purchased for:33.00
Info on this bottle:Standard, 1 liter
Nose:Nice, soft...what one might expect from a good bourbon. An evil trick it plays on you for the terror attack it's about to unleash on your tongue.
Taste:When sipped this stuff has an overpowering wood/hay/chemical taste to it. It coats the side of your tongue in a bad way. At first I thought it was just the one bottle but after going through several bottles over time I realized it's just a turkey thing...I've had better luck with small bottles of WT 101. (Maybe that's because the small bottles are usually consumed in the duck blind in freezing weather) It's just got a chemical taste that I don't care for.
Finish:Hay with insecticide and other chemicals. I can do it if necessary, like on this trip to Dodge City...It was the only bourbon the dying Wyatt Earp Liquor store(of which my wife and I were officially the last customers of ever...They closed for good the moment we left) had left on their shelves...
Overall:I really wanted to be a WT101 fan, and it has its moments, but its not that distinct for me. I was expecting more from it because I love WT101 Rye. For my money I'd rather go with Old Grand Dad 114 or similar. Wild Turkey 101 just doesn't light my fire...

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Review from Hitch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1765, Created:20091124222218)
Purchased at:Topside Wine and Spirits, Louisville, TN
Purchased for:$12 -375ml Bottle
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Nose:This bourbon has a nice vanilla aroma, and then the rye comes through pretty strong.
Taste:Unlike the 80 proof version to Wild Turkey, the you are going to notice the vanilla and the peppery taste o the front end of this bourbon. The taste hits you from the second it hits your tongue Even through most of the tasting, the taste remains strong or even intensifies. Because Wild Turkey doesn't add a lot of water after the bourbon comes out of the barrel, the flavors of this bourbon are pronounced.
Finish:On the back end of this bourbon, you are going to get a slight alcohol burn and the taste of pepper is going to linger after the bourbon goes down. Its not overpowering, but you're definitely going to to taste it.
Overall:I'm not a fan of the spicy or peppery bourbons. For those people who like these attributes, this bourbon is for you. Even with a little water or mixed in with Ale8 or Ginger Ale, you're going to notice the peppery taste. I'm glad I tried it because of the bourbons that I've tried, its had the most notable spice/pepper attributes. However, once I get through this small bottle, it won't be returning to my shelf.

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Review from juelze (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1738, Created:20091028214540)
Purchased at:Woodman's
Purchased for:$21.99 (gift set)
Nose:Aroma is of vanilla, light oak, sharp rye notes and some mild fruit
Taste:Not sure what I like about this but I like it. First thing to hit you is the vanilla but then it gives a the way for a mild cherry flavor, some tobacco notes, and alcohol.
Finish:This finishes with a bit of a bite that quickly gives way to a nice long warmth.
Overall:This stuff is superb. For $21.99 you can't go wrong with this stuff. Has a nice punch but is also highly sippable. Solid.

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Review from Jon (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1371, Created:20081128094153)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:19
Nose:sweet corn, oak, floral notes
Taste:signature turkey flavors with a medicinal/chemical taste that was not pleasing at all.
Finish:moderate finish with the medicinal taste throughout. also a tad hot like eagle rare.
Overall:not impressed. won't be buying another bottle. I'll stick with their other offerings like RB and KS

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Review from azoth_melusina (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1369, Created:20081126192031, Updated:20081126192213)
Purchased at:PLCB store in Broomall
Purchased for:on sale for $18.99
Info on this bottle:nothing we don't already know
Nose:peanut butter (HUH!? but yes, all-natural, just grinded up and fresh!); toffee...and the usual vanilla-caramel wave of syndication...
Taste:nuts; oak; caramel (apples?)
Finish:nuttiness; oakiness (that slowly does that from-the-inside olfactory--and delightful--BURN); caramelized/dried 'fruit' (but which?)
Overall:less 'chewy' than what i am used to with this, one of my favorite everyday pours...OGDBIB is starting to compete! last two 750 bottles have been oakier and less complex...last two smaller bottles have been sweeter, more of what i've always known. not complainin' but what's goin' ON?! very dry, fast and hard 'linger' that does anything but LINGER...

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1357, Created:20081117140949)
Purchased at:Cape Cod, Boston, Central MA
Purchased for:Reasonable
Info on this bottle:Wild Turkey 101
Nose:Light caramel and nutmeg, sometimes with air of ethanol. Not complex.
Taste:Brash. In your face with vanilla, perhaps some maple, rye, and WT Leather.
Finish:Sharp and quick with no bells and whistles.
Overall:I've several bottles in various sizes throughout the past few months which have all been different. All typical WT 101 with variations. One was too thin and astringent for my taste, hot and unremarkable. Another fairly well balanced with what you would expect of WT101, while this one is on its way down the drain. Apparently it saw too much sun because it's a goner. Hey, it happens! When it's good it's good, otherwise bub-bye. BB

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1117, Created:20080610172211) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:XYZ Liquor Store Tybee Island GA.......this is Beach Bourbon
Purchased for:$6.99 for 200 ml
Info on this bottle:Non returnable
Nose:Yep she is WT bourbon alright........nuts, leather, tobacco, vanilla, rye..........the real thang!
Taste:Takes a moment to settle in before the softer flavors fight off the spicy bite..........but it always happens given those moments.
Finish:Like I likes it (sometimes anyway)...........not timid, not soft. Speaks its finishing piece in a booming, slightly ragged, voice.
Overall:When Gabriel blows his horn, he gone have a half pint of WT 101 in his back pocket, and Saint Peter, he do too...............and Ima betting Saint Bunghole will go in with one is his'n too!

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1002, Created:20080123150843, Updated:20080123152408)
Purchased at:ebay
Purchased for:$30
Info on this bottle:Limited Edition Ceramic Strutting Turkey No. 8 and Final in a Series - 1978, 8 yr
Proof Of this Bottle:101
Nose:maple, pine? ponderosa pine I would say... so some vanilla.. a little rye scent... but very subtle Nice Wild Turkey nose, better than I recall from my normal new bottles
Taste:rich caramel, vanilla

Finish:Strange... at first it was great... and then over time it went south... very south...

Became undrinkable like rubbing alcohol... atrange tastes and even stranger finish... glue came to mind...
Overall:Pretty container that came with the goods...

Stated good and went bad... too bad... started out so good

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1001, Created:20080123134326, Updated:20080123135045)
Purchased at:?? Warehouse, Savannah, GA - Home of Johnny Mercer and my very own wife
Purchased for:$12 / 175 ml
Info on this bottle:Austin Nichols Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Real Kentucky
Proof Of this Bottle:101
Nose:Vanilla, maple syrup, rye, touch of oak, and caramel. Just nice, nice.
Taste:Sweet, sweet...........thick, thick.............spicy, spicy..........so good, so good!
Finish:I might finish up in a day or two and all goes well
Overall:Pull up yo cheer here with me in Savannah and we will sing a few Johnny Mercer songs whilst we sip. And we kill this here bottle, I know for sure where we can get holt of another jest like thisen. You brought some money wid ya, dint ya? Now Imo take you over yonder to Bonaventure Cemetery where I gone be put to rest and we kin sit under a live oak and speculate on what all this means. Good whiskey always make me think Imo live another 100 or so years. Jimmy Russell cooks good whiskey!

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 884, Created:20071104143847)
Purchased at:South West Airlines
Purchased for:$4
Info on this bottle:50 ml plastic bottle
Nose:Maple, short brad cookies
Taste:Leather, citrus, maple

Finish:Better Finish than taste:
0-15 seconds, taste improves. Maple, sweet, soft leather
15-30 seconds moves to light citrus and softer leather tones,
30-45 has a rich maple
45--60 seconds light citrus
Finishes at about 120 seconds with very light citrus and light maple
Overall:Not bad for a SWA drink (this or JD black), but I will not be adding it to my collection at home.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 755, Created:20070428143101, Updated:20070429051735) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Honey Creek Package Store, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$1.99 for 50 ml bottle
Nose:Classic Wild Turkey nose, with vanilla, nuts, leather, citrus, and rye. Me and WT aromas are good buddies.
Taste:A touch of sweetness greets the tongue followed by a riotous outbreak of pepper and spice that chew their way southward into your mouth. What keeps your tongue from damage at mid-palate? Why, the soothing, rich, creaminess that for me is a Wild Turkey hallmark, that's what!
Finish:As far as I am aware, Wild Turkey makes no bourbons with a turkey finish. They all go out like gangbusters, and this one is no exception. You are left in no doubt as to having just had a BOURBON.
Overall:I must confess up front that I am a big fan of just about all Wild Turkey products. I would compare them to hearing a finely tuned brass band, to seeing Fourth of July Fireworks, to getting the gumption to leave a hopeless situation, to pushing your own limits, to being a rootin, tootin, galootin cowboy, all of which I loved or wanted to do or to be as a boy and none of which I will ever completely give up. Wild Turkey touches my American soul. This one does it about as well as any of them. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes (and the memories of them) all go deep into you and help make you who you are. Enjoy them, bask in them, celebrate them, make them your own!

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 738, Created:20070403131100, Updated:20070403131945) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Duty-free port, see below.
Purchased for:? Bought by a friend.
Info on this bottle:Purchased in a Caribbean port, marked 8 years old
Nose:Sweet clean caramel and flowers, some char, good aromatics
Taste:Soft mouthfeel and hardly any burn. Nice clean taste with good intensity.
Finish:A little short or thin but still good.
Overall:I tasted this next to Tribute and Kentucky Spirit and thought it was the best of the three. The other two were heavier, a lance vs. a rapier if that makes any sense. Of course I vatted them, about 3:1:1 (WT 101 to the other two). Result was really good, the fine flavor of the 101 was maintained but the additions gave body and extra length. For me the vatting was the perfect dram in the higher (not highest) age bracket WT offers. I still prefer overall RB but this vatting rocked and the 101 was very good on its own. The Spirit ranked second and the Tribute third.

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Review from LogicalFrank (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 713, Created:20070208175105, Updated:20070208175140)
Purchased at:Dominick's Grocery Store
Purchased for:$19
Info on this bottle:Standard
Proof Of this Bottle:101
Nose:Spicy. Oak, orange and bubblegum. Some apple notes develop as it opens up along w/ a floral perfume character.
Taste:A big bite of black pepper on the tip of the tongue that evolves into a malty sweetness, nutmeg and cinnamon spice and on into vanilla, caramel, sweet cherry, leather and chocolate.
Finish:Long, lingering finish w/ quite a complex evolution and noted above w/ some leather and vanilla notes sticking around the longest.
Overall:I consider this something of a standard, a classic bourbon that stands up to any treatment. While not necessarily the most subtle and certainly not the most gentle, this is nonetheless everything a good bourbon should be--Spicy, assertive and complex. The more you work w/ it, the more it rewards you.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 478, Created:20060426093856)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:7.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:101
Nose:Sweet floral tone and caramel with some nutmeg spice.
Taste:Corn and caramel with a little nutmeg and oak wood.
Finish:Sweet caramel and oak tannins for a clean dry finish.
Overall:Not bad neat or in an old fashioned cocktail.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 179)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$19
Nose:This bourbon has a nice nose, with vanilla, rye, apples, peaches, nuts, and an agreeable touch of oak.
Taste:Sweet vanilla up front that gives way to some alcohol burn toward the back of the mouth. Not a lot of complexity or subtlety.
Finish:The finish is fairly long courtesy of the alcohol
Overall:Very drinkable and a good quality bourbon, nothing for WT to be ashamed of. But as you would expect, WT offers several more flavorful, more complex and smoother bourbons.

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