Wild Turkey 101 Rye...

Wild Turkey 101 Rye (50.5%): Another classic rye whiskey review to follow the late Rittenhouse BiB and Old Overholt BiB posts kinda entertaining the idea of trying to find our household choice of rye whiskey for our Manhattans... But before you start to read me blabbering about smells, tastes and whatnots you should visit my good friend The Whiskey Jug's Wild Turkey article first and while you are at it bookmark that link.. It is the best resource about the distillery you can find anywhere online for my two cents. Remarkable work... The whisky is distilled from a mash bill of 52% rye, 36% corn and 12% malted barley and bottled at 101 proof.

Color: Light amber, polished copper color with immediate but oily and thick legs.

Nose: Whiskey soaked raisins, dark thick crust rye bread and light maple syrup. It has a dusty and chalky quality I like a lot... Toasted grains, pine resin and fresh tarragon. 

Palate: Mint. applejack and cinnamon. Slightly herbal with dill and rosemary, charred oak and brown sugar. Candied walnuts and young whiskey with crafty qualities and vanilla.

Finish: Medium to long and warming with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Overall: A very solid rye whiskey for a very good price... Although if my nose and palate are not misleading me I think this whiskey got a little younger in recent yers it is still pretty tasty. Nowadays even with the arrival of the Rare Breed Rye (which is pricey but amazing...) 101 is still a staple for every whiskey cabinet and bar. As you can see from the picture it is hard to keep in stock...

Price: $25


Nathan G. said…
Great example of a rye whiskey. Any Wild Turkey is a great value. Good enough to sip, cheap enough to mix. Win win!