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Distillery Bottling
American Oak
40.5 % Vol.
750 ml 1000 ml
Added on
10 sep 2011 11:02 pm

Average value

€ 45.00

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Whisky reviews for Wild Turkey 81 proof

12 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 76.04 points.

  1. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Smooth and rich. There's a high rye content in the mash bill. Aged in heavily charred casks for an average of 5-8 years

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's an 8.9/10.
    • Nose
      Vanilla fudge. A hint of spices.
    • Taste
      Rich with caramel and a hint of honey.
    • Finish
      Mid finish. Charred oak and spicy.

  2. CellarToberi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Aged in American virgin white oak barrels, charred at deepest no. 4, “alligator” level, for up to 6-8 years. Wide straight long fast primary and narrow slow secondary legs. Water smooths out the nose, waters down the palate, while bringing up herbal notes in it. High quality-price ratio.
    • Nose
      Fruits: tropical: cocoa, and cherry. Grain: popcorn and spicy rye. Oakiness:
      American virgin oak.
      Earthiness: tobacco, leather.
      Herbal: pine notes, fresh leaves, dill. Spicy: mint notes. Nuttiness: almond notes. Light sweet notes: vanilla, caramel. Backing spices: cinnamon. Light sweet smokiness notes from the charred oak. Thin: lacks intensity.
    • Taste
      Backing spices and sweet on the arrival, develops stone fruits: cherry, then mint and oak. Salted caramel notes. Smoky notes on the retrohale: charred oak. Nuttiness: almond, cola. Woody: toasted and charred American oak, tannins. Herbal. Mouthcoating. Smooth. Long development. Full bodied, but not very rich.
    • Finish
      Short to medium: mint, spice, and oak. Fruity: slight cherry drop notes. Dry.

  3. Merl scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Auriverdes scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      71 71

  5. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Simple bourbon with correct price performance ratio
    • Nose
      Adhesive, caramel, vanilla, apricot
    • Taste
      Caramel, vanilla, raisins
    • Finish
      short, oak and vanilla

  6. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A surprisingly solid bourbon. Easy to drink with a bit of complexity to let you play with it a bit. With a bit of time, the alcohol burn fades, the pancake and rye meld into this walnut fudge awesomeness, and the dram becomes that much easier to drink. 
    • Nose
      Sweet baking spices and brown sugar, vanilla, cream and cherries, grain-rich rising bread dough, a touch of dill and sweetly-smoked oak tannins. 
    • Taste
      Corn and oily-rich grain sweetness, a flash of rye and alcohol burn with a hint of new oak, honey drizzled buckwheat pancakes, confectioner's sugar
    • Finish
      A long lingering vanilla cream with a touch of dark cherries, a soft fade to oak and soft orange zest

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Open up with waves of sweet honey and maple syrup, whirl around with
    fragrant dusting powder, lemon and orange zest freshness. Coffee liqueur emerge with creamy and like tiramisu. A good
    after dinner dram.

    Palate:- Feather light on palate with a thin
    layer of oil from somewhere, tinge of spices and fresh oak spiciness,
    typical style of bourbon. Restraint sweetness. Easy.

    Finish:- Smooth. Short to medium finish but leave with toasted oak spiciness at the tail on palate for quite long.
    — at The Whiskey Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Chewing Tobacco

    Wild Turkey, from Lawrenceburg in Kentucky, is undoubtedly a name you have heard before. For me it was – a long time ago – my first encounter with bourbon. I return with great pleasure, trying this 81 Proof.

    Very sweet and spicy nose on plums, chocolate and maple syrup. A touch of leather. Some raisins. The crust of a freshly baked bread. But the whole is so very soft.

    It is oily and honeysweet with a small prickle. Arrives quite candy-like. Phew! My teeth almost clatter out of my mouth from the sweetness. Raisins and chewing tobacco. Some parma violets. Oranges, the bitter ones. Soft on the spices. Think ginger and nutmeg. Caramel arrives in full force, as if this baby was not yet sweet enough…

    The finish is surprisingly long on more of the same, with a bittersweet and very spicy end.

    If you have a sweet tooth, you will certainly like this bourbon. Probably a very good mixer. Can you call this bang for your buck? With a price tag of only 20 EUR, I think that is warranted.

  10. martinni scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      65 65

  11. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 58 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      48 48

  12. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 58 points Expert Senior

    Lighter and more fruity, but also immature than his 8 year old - or his 101Proof - brother.
    • Nose
      Eichig - fruity with vanilla, smoke from the barrel and rye.
    • Taste
      Charcoal oak with fruit, vanilla, caramel and the sweetness of corn and Virginia tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy spiciness from wood and rye combined with corn sweetness.

  13. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 59 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      59 59
    • Taste
      57 57
    • Finish
      54 54

  14. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 59 points Connoisseur

    i had 2 drinks of this and it gave me a migraine, tried it again, same result...

    blends well with old parr whiskey though, gave it more character... and the resulting blend was a much better drink than each individual

  15. drkrylov scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A lower strength bourbon from Wild Turkey, bottled

    at 81 proof (40.5% abv) and created by the associate distiller Eddie Russell,

    the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell. This has a high rye content in the

    mash bill and is aged in casks with a heavy char - the result of which is huge

    flavour and complexity without the same heat as the 101 proof.


  16. drkrylov scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  17. drkrylov scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Complex bourbon.
    • Nose
      Aromatic. Polished leather.
    • Taste
      Big. Smooth. Cereal grains. Pecan nuts. Tobacco-like.
    • Finish
      Spicy. Toothsome.


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