Wild Turkey 101 Proof Bourbon Whiskey (700ml)
Matured for eight years (considered the optimum period for bourbon) in new charred oak barrels, this is the original Wild Turkey style as made by the companies founders, the Ripy Family. The Ripy house style was selected out of 400 to represent Kentucky at the World Fair in 1893.
Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell (with more than thirty years of service) now overlooks operations. His 8 y.o. uses a lower proportion of corn and more wheat to produce an exceptionally smooth taste. As many competitors distill at higher (and less expensive) proofs, they must add water to bring down the proof of their bourbons. Wild Turkey, on the other hand, comes out of the barrel at about 109° allowing our distiller to add little water and retain the true characteristics of the bourbon flavour. Wild Turkey is put into the barrel at a lower (and more expensive) proof. Jimmy Russell likens it to making a great soup; if you cook it longer at a lower temperature, you retain the best flavours.
Tasting note: Nose of sweet corn and charred American oak. Exceptionally soft, but rich aroma for a high proof bourbon. Its taste is powerful. Deep, complex, honeyed, vanillan palate - rich with caramel, vanilla and notes of honey and brown sugar. Clean warm spirit, finishing long with caramel and woody sweetness. 50.5%.Alc/vol.