Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review


Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

Wild Turkey 101 Rye is back! After a couple of years missing from the shelves followed by a stint in the on-premise-only game it’s starting to show up on the shelves once again. I found this 1 liter version on the shelf at a local bottle shop, but I’ve started seeing the 750ml version of it showing up here and there in Los Angeles as well and that’s exciting for 2 reasons.

Reason number one is that it’s just an all around great rye. While the 81 proof version of it might be a little on the meh side of things, the old 101 was one of my favorite sipping ryes. Reason number 2 is because one of my favorite cocktail ryes is back in business and that means my usual workhorse, Rittenhouse, can get a bit of a break. So yes it’s exciting for 100% selfish reasons, but why else would I get excited? Seriously?

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Info

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Wild Turkey
Mashbill: 51% rye, 37% corn, 12% malt
Cask: New charred oak
Age: Presumably a mix of 4-5 year old rye
ABV: 50.5%

Price: $40 (1 liter)

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

Medium caramel

Caramel, grains, vanilla, dark fruit and spice. Touches of citrus, oak, toffee, dill, maple and baker’s flour help build up the complexity a bit and it ends up being a pleasant aroma.

Caramel and a stronger, more complex spice mixed with some grains and dark fruit give way to toffee and wood that builds to a warm dark sweetness towards the end.

Long, sweet, spicy and woody with mild notes of caramel and vanilla popping up along the way.

Good balance with a round full body and a smooth velvety texture.

The new Wild Turkey 101 Rye has a lot in common with the current Wild Turkey 101 bourbon which is a good thing because the current 101 is pretty darn good. The sweet and spicy nose and palate make this a rye I like to drink neat but also a rye that makes a good base for a cocktail. It’s just an all around nice rye. Not quite as good as the Russell’s Reserve 6 year Rye mind you, but still nice and tasting it next to the older Wild Turkey Rye 101 it shows a lot of similarities, but I do like the older batches just a hair more.

SCORE: 86/100

Wild Turkey 101 Rye - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 87
  • Palate - 86
  • Finish - 86
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 85


I think The Wild Turkey 101 rye is a great value. A buy all day long in my book.

Josh Peters

Josh Peters

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4 Responses to Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

  1. I love WT 101 Rye. I was lucky enough to get a liter bottle of the new stuff a few months ago. I also found that it wasn’t quite as good as the stuff from 3-4 years ago (seems a bit younger) but it is still a heckuva whiskey.

  2. I know this is an old review, but I just snagged my first bottle of WT 101 Rye – never seen one in the wild, and immediately grabbed it off the shelf when I saw it tonight. Solid bourbon – beautiful spice, woody finish, incredibly balanced like anything the Russell family touches. Great dram of bourbon! …did it live up to my hype…? Maybe not – WT 101 is still my go-to, but a bottle of Rye is a treat when you can find it!

    This is my birthday weekend, so I also finally pulled the trigger on Old Grandad 114 – WOW, this stuff is gorgeous-HOT, and a killer cherry spice with a sweet lingering wood finish. Outstanding bourbon from a heavenly mashbill.

    All Hail Wild Turkey and OGB!!!

    Thank you, Josh! For all your bourbon reviews! You’re doing the Lord’s work!

    Been a long time lurker finally posting!

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