Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (Old Version)
What the Distillery Says:
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What Richard Says:
Nose: Out of the bottle the nose is pretty quiet. With water it comes across like spearmint and Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
Palate: Pepper and raw vanilla extract poured over wood staves. At the very back is that rye mint note.
Finish: Long slow oak. Th rye mint note clings to the front of the tongue as the wood rolls down the back. Way back in the end of the finish I get a weird fennel see/anise/licorice type note that lingers.
Comments: It’s gone I know. The replacement of this with the 81 proof version makes me very sad indeed. Stop watering down my whiskey damn it! I can do that myself. Anyway, this is really a Whisk(e)y Apostle swan song to a former front bar rye now gone. The only $15 to $25 all around rye for drinking, mixing, and cocktails that I like more than this is Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond. Now I don’t have the choice anymore.
Rating: Stands Out
(Officially, Wild Turkey says that 81 is not a replacement but they don’t event list 101 as one of their product on their website anymore)