Wild Turkey 101. I’ve had the opportunity to try this Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey twice. Seems like a good idea to compare it to a similar proof bourbon, Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond.
Wild Turkey Age: A blend of 6 to 8 year old bourbons.
The Wild Turkey distillery is Austin-Niochols in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Mash bill is 75/13/12 corn/rye/barley.
101 Proof, 50.5% ABV.
Color – Light maple syrup color
Nose – Very little, Subtle sweetness
Palate: High proof, hot! A toasty oaky flavor, peppery and rye spices. Rougher around the edges than the Knob Creek or Woodford Reserve. Very smooth mouth feel. Others say they taste caramel or vanilla – I added water & ice, hoping to bring out more of the flavors, but it didn’t change the flavor profile for me. But fans of Wild Turkey products may want to give this a go.
I tried this next to Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond
Distillery: Heaven Hill
100 Proof, 50% ABV.
I’ve read that the mashbill is 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted Barley.
Color – Light maple syrup.
Nose – Subtle notes of caramel.
Palate: Rich warm mouthfeel. Subtle notes of toffee, vanilla, oak. Some rye spice. When taken neat there’s definitely burn there, but adding a splash of water and ice brings more of the flavors out. Drinking this just slightly diluted to 90 or 80 proof makes an excellent sipper. This is a definitely a great value for your dollar.