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Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    572 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.


Wild Turkey got its name in 1940 when Thomas McCarthy (then executive of Austin Nichols) pulled a bottle of bourbon from his warehouse for an annual wild turkey hunt... the next year, they requested "that wild turkey bourbon!" The quintessential American brand is owned by Italian-based Gruppo Campari in 2009 (acquired from Pernod Ricard).

Wild Turkey Kentuck Spirit 101 bourbon is a single barrel bourbon, meaning that it is taken unblended and uncut straight from the cask ("101" being a reference to its relatively high proof). Jimmy Russell--master distiller--personally selects the barrel.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008
  • 2011

Wine Enthusiast

  • Pre-2004
Irishman (237) (5/10/2010)
I had the pleasure of tasting this bourbon in Louiville last weekend. It's something that I can't jump right into and take neat, but after cutting it with a few ice cubes to chill it down and add just a bit of water, it was very good. Bit pricey in comparison, but if you're looking for something with a bit more power than you're standard bourbons and not quite enough power to light you on fire, this is a good choice.
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