Wild Turkey 81 is another accessible bourbon that you can find in most supermarkets across the UK. The number 81 represents the alcohol volume which in abv terms is 40.5%. I am not sure if this is a marketing gimmick or whether the distillery really think that extra 0.5% of alcohol content makes enough difference to the standard 40%.
Whisky: Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 40.5% vol.
Nose: Spicy, orange, cherry, caramel, buttered popcorn, alcohol
Taste: Cherry more prominent, spiced orange, oak
Finish: Medium, vanilla and oak
Summary: I find this bourbon to carry a lot of heat. I doubt it is down to the extra 0.5% though. The flavours are on the spicy side which indicates to me that there is a notable proportion of rye being used. Rye is associated with more spicier flavours and can act as a good counterbalance to the traditional sweet flavours of bourbons made predominantly from corn or wheat. I enjoy this bourbon with ice as it tempers the spice and alcohol elements to just the right levels for me. This is a decent bourbon and offers different flavours to most bourbons stocked in the major supermarkets.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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