Wild Turkey Rye 101 Review

Wild Turkey Rye 101 Review

The Wild Turkey Rye 101 is just plain fantastic and for a well stocked home bar (or professional) I’d highly recommend this one be in your arsenal. The versatility for neat sipping or a killer Manhattan are pretty tough to beat. Especially at this price. It’s warm, spicy, relatively smooth, and just absolutely pleasant to drink. Hidden inside this flavorful dram is a variety of flavors that run from slightly savory to silky sweet and a nose that makes you just want to sit and sniff it.

While it’s true that there are “better”* rye’s out there on the market, they all cost 2-5 times as much as the Wild Turkey which make them a bit hard to use as everyday drinkers. The Wild Turkey Rye 101 on the other hand can easily be a daily drink. It’s been mine for the last week and I have yet to tire of it. The complexity and relative smoothness needs no water, but if you add a splash to your glass the flavors grow in intensity and even more of the sweetness comes up.

If you’ve tried this delicious dram let us know what you thought of it and leave your own tasting notes or thoughts in the comments below.

Wild Turkey Rye 101 Review

ABV: 50.5%
Price: $25
Distiller: Wild Turkey

A wonderful reddish amber

It’s big, bold and comes out swinging with a caramel that is almost on par with their bourbon. There are hints of some slightly burned toffee, pecan pie, vanilla, and a slight sugary cinnamon pop that reminds me of a sticky bun, but that’s not all. There is a bit of a strange briny dill in there that surfaces every so often and of course the obligatory rye spice.

Big spicy rye, caramel, leather, pepper, and burnt toffee. That big spicy rye is accentuated by malt and some dark earthy citrus undertones of sweet tobacco and overripe oranges. Sitting shotgun to these darker tones is a bit of honeysuckle, cherries, licorice, and a mild ripe fruit. Not as sugary sweet as the nose.

Doesn’t burn nearly as much as you would expect a 101 to. Coats and pleasantly warms all the way down.

The caramel hits first on the aftertaste and it fades to malt and toasted grains with a touch of a earthy citrus.

SCORE: 87/100

Josh Peters

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10 Responses to Wild Turkey Rye 101 Review

    • Thanks for the comment and great name btw (love Baseketball). I got this at aliquor stor in UT about 3ish years ago. Picked it up right before I moved to Los Angeles and then it sat in a storage unit for about 2 years and I’ve only recently been getting back to reviewing all the whiskey I’ve been unable to easily access for the last several years.

      I’m excited it’s coming back but it’s only going to be in on-premise releases (at leats initially) and only in their top 21 markets so that’s a bit of a bummer, but it’s a good sign and I’m hoping we’ll see an off-premise release later in 2014.

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