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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.
Nose: A spiced, oaky nose with vanilla fudge, rye spices and coffee beans.
Palate: Rich and thick, notes of caramel, manuka honey and fudge, hints of rhubarb and custard sweets and oily espresso beans.
Finish: Caramel and coffee, hints of Black Forest honey and Hot Cross Buns. Charred and spicy.
Overall: A fabulous bourbon with oodles of complexity…
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Couldn't get this in my area for quite a while, worth the wait. Other bourbons just seem to burn. This is more like an Isle scotch to me, maybe just interpreting the char as smoke.
15th December 2016
This is not great.wouldn't buy again.not enough on the palate.mainly mint.rather have buffalo trace or woodford reserve.or even famous grouse.
13th October 2016
2nd September 2016
My go to is usually Wild Turkey 101 and it is quite good. The 81 is so good that this will be my daily drinker. The value for the taste is outstanding. Under 30 dollars. I taste caramel, toffee, and honey. But that's me. Very good whiskey
18th June 2016
This is a great value...I pick mine up at a military exchange for 15. the Distillery is actually phasing out the 81 label to replace it with just the plain W T label...for collector enthusiasts...this might be the time to pick up an extra bottle of 81.
15th April 2016
It tastes so good that i would want to drink this for the rest of my life
20th March 2016
So I decided not to buy overly expensive and premium priced whiskey (and that means not just only bourbon,) which I would consider to be anything over $25 for my budget personally. Wild Turkey makes some damn good bourbon whiskey. The 81 proof has layers of flavors and is more complex then even cheaper whiskies of it's type. Evan Williams I would say is decent for a value priced bourbon whiskey, while having basic bourbon flavors, is more one dimensional. Wild Turkey 81 proof is way better and more flavorful with a slight .05% over the standard 40 proof making it 40.5% proof. This bourbon is a blend of 6-8 years old and possibly some younger bourbons in the mix, but it is surprisingly an easy drinking bourbon, still a bit rough around the edges, but that's to be expected. This gets a 4 and a half out of 5 for me personally and I'll definitely purchase this in the future if I need a good cheap whiskey to drink.
15th February 2016
Good on rocks101 too much bite
23rd January 2016
Easy to drink and complex at the same time. Spicy but not as much as the 101. Very good!
4th December 2015
I get some oak notes at best, and maybe a tiny tinge of vanilla. thats about it, otherwise it just tastes like whiskey. Overall nothing special. I think I'll return to Buffalo Trace or Old Granddad
24th July 2015
нічого надзвичайного але тверда 4ка стандартний бурбон який легко іде :)
2nd May 2015
Canadaian rye drinker and can definitely say this has earned a spot in my house. Straight up or with ice.
1st May 2015
A true country mans drink nuff said
25th January 2015
By the end of the glass (I drink whiskey neat) It felt like I'd had a bit of corn syrup placed on the back of my tongue. I would drink corn syrup if it wasn't bad for me! It has a floral nose, with a hint of cinnamon. On the palate I get leather, again cinnamon and quite a sweetness. The finish is floral with a thick syrupy flavor (the corn syrup).This is my first bourbon as I've traditionally been a scotch drinker, but I'll definitely give some more bourbons a try.
26th December 2014
easy to drink, very smooth very clean and fresh taste
16th November 2014
Шикарний бурбон за свою ціну! Нема чого переплачувати за Джек Деніелс. Аромат в Дикого Індика більш приємний та дуже насичений. Не віддає ацетоном, як у Джека.
8th November 2014
It's good. I wouldn't call it a smooth rye. It's bold, hot, and with a good percentage of rye in the mash I certainly would say it earns it place on my shelf. The price point is right and it can be enjoyed straight-up but I prefer it in a rocks glass packed with ice and ginger ale. Nice work 'murica!
8th April 2014
My absolute favorite whiskey. Being a fan of bourbon I tried many varieties before finding Wild Turkey. I prefer the 81, and feel the 101 comes on a little too strong for my tastes. As far as an in depth flavor analysis I cannot exactly speak in that manner since I'm not the savoring type. What I can tell you is that it goes down exceptionally smooth and is not excessively priced. I'd give it a five, but I'm certain their longer aged bottles, which I have yet to try, are probably better. I love to drink it with cream soda.
15th March 2014
In Wild Turkey 81 you will experience - strong smell, caramel, vanilla, corn, cinnamon, oak, spicy!!!Flavors of caramel and vanilla mix with fragrant of corn. A very good punch of cinnamon red hot candy that gives very good experience. Taste is sweet with a solid balance of oak and spice character. Light caramel hits first at the front of the mouth before drying quickly. Cinnamon spice takes over and later , leaves with some heat of toasted oak and vanilla.On the glass this whiskey looks dark.Enjoy
19th November 2013