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Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

Wild Turkey 101 Rye is back! After a couple of years missing from the shelves followed by a stint in the on-premise-only game it’s starting to show up on the shelves once again. I found this 1 liter version on the shelf at a local bottle shop, but I’ve started seeing the 750ml version of it showing up here and there in Los Angeles as well and that’s exciting for 2 reasons.

Reason number one is that it’s just an all around great rye. While the 81 proof version of it might be a little on the meh side of things, the old 101 was one of my favorite sipping ryes. Reason number 2 is because one of my favorite cocktail ryes is back in business and that means my usual workhorse, Rittenhouse, can get a bit of a break. So yes it’s exciting for 100% selfish reasons, but why else would I get excited? Seriously?

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Info

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Wild Turkey
Mashbill: 51% rye, 37% corn, 12% malt
Cask: New charred oak
Age: Presumably a mix of 4-5 year old rye
ABV: 50.5%

Price: $40 (1 liter)

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

Medium caramel

Caramel, grains, vanilla, dark fruit and spice. Touches of citrus, oak, toffee, dill, maple and baker’s flour help build up the complexity a bit and it ends up being a pleasant aroma.

Caramel and a stronger, more complex spice mixed with some grains and dark fruit give way to toffee and wood that builds to a warm dark sweetness towards the end.

Long, sweet, spicy and woody with mild notes of caramel and vanilla popping up along the way.

Good balance with a round full body and a smooth velvety texture.

The new Wild Turkey 101 Rye has a lot in common with the current Wild Turkey 101 bourbon which is a good thing because the current 101 is pretty darn good. The sweet and spicy nose and palate make this a rye I like to drink neat but also a rye that makes a good base for a cocktail. It’s just an all around nice rye. Not quite as good as the Russell’s Reserve 6 year Rye mind you, but still nice and tasting it next to the older Wild Turkey Rye 101 it shows a lot of similarities, but I do like the older batches just a hair more.

SCORE: 86/100

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