wild turkey

Alc. 40.5%

Bottle:

Straight bottle up and down. Large label of a wild tom

Nose:

Spearmint and barley. Sweet toffee and butter, mixed with honeyed cereal. Orchard fruit and cream corn.

Palate:

Minty, grassy, sour barley, sweet and spicy. Simple. Toffee. Straightforward and non- complex.

Please note:

This is a fairly young  bourbon and it’s the base offering of the wild turkey brand. It got its name after the distillery executive, named Thomas McCarthy brought it out to a hunting camp one year(1940), and the next year his buddies would say ‘hey, why don’t you bring out some of that wild turkey whiskey’, and so a brand name was born. It is highly regarded American whiskey, especially the 101 line.

The distillery is near lawrenceburg, Kentucky and is part of the legendary bourbon trail.

In may 2009, a fire blazed through an old rackhouse and sent barrels ablaze. The barrels that burnt sent out burning whiskey, which, unfortunately set the nearby woods on fire, and seeped into the Kentucky river, killing a large portion of the fish and such inhabiting the river. There was an estimated 66 miles of contaminated water. Dutifully, the company paid out over a quarter million dollars to the Kentucky dept of fish and wildlife to recover the losses.

Overall:

I will always keep a bottle of this on hand.

Score: 86

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