Veteran Bourbon Review: Wild Turkey 101 Straight


The Wild Turkey Distilling Company


75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley


6 Years


90 Proof


Purchase Price: MSRP: $25, Purchase Price $27 (2022)

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History – Since 1869 the Wild Turkey name and their products have a deep and rich history. With Jimmy Russel behind the brand there is a long standing history that is well balanced and well set in the bourbon market for Wild Turkey. It is known that Master Distiller Jimmy Russell is the longest-tenured active master distiller in the world with 60+ years experience. In most recent years Wild Turkey has taken on celebrities showcasing their masculinity such as Matthew McConaughey as the brand itself has a large masculine take already. Let’s dig in!

Value – What an EXCELLENT value of a bourbon. For a $27 purchase price I would buy this time and time again. 

Appearance – Light Copper. Classic and true bottle that sticks to a bold statement saying “This Bottle is Wild Turkey”. It is recognizable across all shapes and sizes and holds true to the statement of “Bold.Genuine.True” raised on the glass at the bottom of the bottle. 

Nose – Apple butter, toffee, caramel and pear leaves a fruity note on the end. It’s not dominating but nor is it harsh but pushes you through to a balanced whiff that screams classic bourbon. These flavors really round out a gentle approach to the upcoming palate.

Palate – Light pepper, heavy cinnamon with a toast like flavor. It’s not thin at all but pleasantly thick and leaves a nice coat in your mouth. On the second sip there are those other flavors that I could not point out before and that is the oak and hints of cherry that really adds so much complexity to this but stays true to those bold bourbon flavors that people love and reach for their bottles for.

Finish – Little heat and that heavy cinnamon flavor again with some harshness at the end. It burns for a bit but not an unenjoyable one but one that lets you know you’re alive. The heat lasts for 10 seconds reminding you that you are drinking bourbon until the very end.

Summary – Wild Turkey has a value, name and brand that is well known due to its wide availability and easily recognizable name and bottle. At least for me as far as I can remember from growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s I have always known the Wild Turkey name and this bourbon stands out just as it always has and for good reason!

“Our fathers and grandfathers drank Wild Turkey and it has withstood the sands of time. Generation’s of bourbon drinkers hold this as their standard go-to. It is tied deep into the fabric of American History and after doing this review it is tied deep in the grain of my bar shelf as well. Cheers to this long standing bourbon that holds true to its boldness and authenticity!”

– Andrew Workman

Uniqueness – 1-10 – 2

Appearance- 1-10 – 10

Nose- 1-20 – 16

Palate- 1-20 – 15

Finish- 1-20 – 14

Value- 1-20 – 20


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Reviewed By:

Andrew Workman on 11/20/2022

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