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Wild Turkey 101 Review | Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

A bottle of wild turkey 101 with whiskey glass

Distillery: Wild Turkey

Proof: 101

Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13%Rye, 12% Malted Barley

Age: NAS but is a blend of 6-8-year-old bourbons

Price: $26

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Fool Proof Rating and Summary of Tasting Notes

Color: Honey Gold

Nose: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Toasted oak, brown sugar, Hint of earthiness

Palate: A hint of sweet caramel and vanilla, giving way to rye spice and oak

Finish: Medium finish with Bold rye spice and dry oak

Feel: Medium-bodied, and mouth coating

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For all my tastings I use either the Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass or a traditional Glencairn glass. They both are great for nosing and help in discerning more subtle notes.


The Wild Turkey Distillery is one of my absolute favorites and for many good reasons! Their products remain consistently of very good quality, and Wild Turkey 101 is no exception. It is a fantastic whiskey for the money and I have enjoyed it for years now.

It's a blend of 6-8-year-old bourbons, aged in American white oak barrels, with a perfect proof of 101, resulting in a bold flavor profile that packs a punch. The mash bill consists of 75% Corn, 13% Rye and 12% Malted Barley.

The spirit has achieved an almost cult-like following among whisky connoisseurs and it's easy to see why - its distinct flavor profile, smooth finish, and low price all make it an incredibly attractive choice. I would highly recommend giving it a try - you won't be disappointed!


Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon nose starts with sweet corn, and spicey rye with hints of oak, light caramel, and vanilla. There are also notes of baking spice and toasted oak. On the nose, it's warm and inviting with a hint of rye that lingers in the background. The smell is inviting.


The Wild Turkey 101 palate is excellent. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and vanilla, followed by peppery rye spice and a toasted oak finish. The blend of these flavors makes it an exceptional choice for sipping neat, on the rocks, or in classic cocktails such as an old-fashioned or Manhattan.


Wild Turkey bourbon has a medium to long finish that is bold and full of rye spice. Its flavor also includes dry oak notes that linger on the tongue. The complexity of this whiskey makes it a great choice for sipping or mixing in cocktails. It is an ideal spirit for those looking to savor a unique flavor profile that will leave you wanting more.


The Wild Turkey 101 whiskey has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with a slight coating and burn. This unique combination of sensations makes it an enjoyable experience every time you take a sip. The complexity of the flavors allows for a full range of notes to be experienced, from the sweet caramel and vanilla on the front end to the dry oak and spicy rye on the finish. This whiskey is truly a must-try for anyone looking to explore unique flavor profiles.

Final Thoughts

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon is an iconic American whiskey that has been crafted in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky since the 1940s. It's loaded with classic bourbon flavors. The high-rye content of its mash bill gives it a unique flavor profile that sets it apart from other bourbons.

With notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, and spice, Wild Turkey 101 is a classic bourbon that's perfect for sipping neat or as the foundation of a delicious cocktail. Its bold flavor and strong finish make it one of the most popular bourbons in the world. Whether you're a bourbon connoisseur or just getting into whiskey, Wild Turkey 101 is an excellent choice.

You can pick this one up at any of your local liquor stores or you can buy it now and have it delivered to your home. Check out my review of Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof.

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I would love to hear from you! Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think of this whiskey.

Below are my favorite glasses for doing tastings. The Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass is my favorite because it has a little more heft to it and feels better in my hand than the traditional Glencairn glass does.

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