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Wild Turkey 81 Proof

(70cl, 40.5%)

Wild Turkey 81 Proof

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Wild Turkey 81 Proof Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Wild Turkey 81 Proof Reviews

One of my favourites

A beautifully smooth whiskey, perfect for sipping

6th August 2020

Doesn't work at all

The alcohol flavour is so strong that won't let you taste any notes. You can use it for mixing, but then again, there are better options even for that.

24th July 2020


Good but 101 works better for me.

24th May 2020

A really nice Bourbon

Our local Tesco currently have this, my current favourite bourbon, on Clearance for just over £12 I need say no more other than I’m stocking up.

22nd August 2019

Very smooth

Very good. Never really put much of an effort to get to know or try Wild Turkey but my wife got me a bottle as a gift this past year. I was impressed with its flavor and balance. The whiskey doesn’t try to be too many things or overpowering in any particular way. Seems like the distiller knows what works and sticks to just being great at 3-4 different flavors without coloring outside the lines.

Nose: I picked up vanilla, wood and banana

Palate: Sweet caramel, more vanilla and burnt sugar. Creamy. No burn. The wood fades a bit over time.

Finish: Very little burn, some black pepper.

As the summary says, it’s very smooth and enjoyable. I drank it neat with a few whiskey stones to keep it cold and let it breathe for ten minutes before drinking. Flavor didn’t change much over time, consistently smooth...wood wore off a bit after about twenty minutes.

Great whiskey!

7th July 2019


Pretty dang good for the price. Yeehaw

8th February 2019

It's ok

Bought on offer for £17 and would say it's probably worth that price.
The 101 is my usual go to bourbon so this seemed a bit lacking in comparison. Not bad but lacking in mouth feel and kick.

31st October 2018

Great dram for the price.

A rich complex bourbon that needs to be appreciated for its fullness of flavour for the price of a bottle.

4th June 2018

Amazing for the price.

Best bourbon in this price range. Pleasant, balanced and lingering finish. Chapeau bas to Mr. Jimmy Russell.

18th March 2018


An amazing range of tastes. I can taste Swiss Chard (no kidding). Better than any single malt or cognac I have tasted.

20th December 2017

First Bourbon I've Tried

I recently came of age to drink here in Canada, and I decided to try whiskey since my father always drank it. I like it.

20th April 2017

Wild Turkey is amazing!

I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but Wild Turkey is by far the best Bourbon I've ever tasted. It's as smooth as silk. My only choice from now on.

22nd February 2017

Good stuff

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

Midnight special

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


the best!!!

2nd September 2016

I love the 81

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

Being re-labled

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

Wild Turkey 81

It tastes so good that i would want to drink this for the rest of my life

20th March 2016

I got this for under $25, around $19.99, I consider this my go to for value whiskey.

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

81 vs 101

Good on rocks
101 too much bite

23rd January 2016

This stuff is great

Easy to drink and complex at the same time. Spicy but not as much as the 101. Very good!

4th December 2015

it was okay

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

Good USA-Ukraine

нічого надзвичайного але тверда 4ка стандартний бурбон який легко іде :)

2nd May 2015

Smooth and satisfying

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

Builds up a Corn Syrup aftertaste

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

great bourbon

easy to drink, very smooth very clean and fresh taste

16th November 2014

Роман Україна

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

As a Canadian rye drinker.

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

Exceedingly Smooth and Creamy

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

Spicy Bourbons with great taste

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.


19th November 2013

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