loose proton wrote:I just bought a bottle of the 2009 Wild Turkey Tradition (14 year, 101 proof). I cracked it open and gave a friend a sip, he thought it was just regular turkey. I tried a sip and thought the same thing. But then I tried it side by side with Rare Breed and found a new world of complex difference. I noted the amazing variety of flavors and rich, lingering after taste. It is wild turkey, no doubt, but really an amazing fiesta for the taste buds if you sit down and consider the flavors. Then I tried it side by side with 2009 Parkers, 2009 Noah's Mill, 2009 Stagg, 2008 Bookers, and I've got to say this latest offering is well worth trying a sip if ya can get past the price tag. Though the flavor was different, in an odd way it reminded me of Crown XR. Am I going to get another bottle? Maybe. Is it worth the price? To someone with an experienced palate and a few extra $$ to try something new, give it a try. But this is just my modest opinion.
I think loose proton has summed up some interesting characteristics of Tradition and compared it to some excellent bourbons in a very favorable light. I also like his comparision to XR (I like XR for its delicacy and soft sweetness), which I find appropriate and 'surprising' in a positive way.
Kudos to lp for his assessment and for following his own palate........against the inclinations of his friends!