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Wild Turkey 101 Review [2021]

Last updated Nov 19, 2020 | Published on Nov 18, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 BourbonDetails
Mashbill75% corn, 13% barley and 12% rye
In the Bottle101 Proof
ABV50.5%
AgeNAS (6 to 8 years)
Size750 mL and Up
Suggested MSRP$19.99-$34.99
Parent CompanyCampari Group
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery
Lawrenceburg, KY
ProsBig, Bold Flavors
ConsNo Glaring Deficits
RatingSilver 87 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Wild Turkey 101 bourbon has a cult-like following. For Turkey lovers, it can stand up against the best of the best. Honestly, it’s a great pour and often overlooked. Wild Turkey 101 is non-age stated but it’s a blend of 6 to 8-year-old bourbon at 101 proof.

Other bourbons in that age range or proof range are Blanton’s, Elijah Craig Small Batch, and Four Roses Small Batch. Wild Turkey 101 can easily stand its ground. And on a good day and for the right drinker win out.

The other good news? It’s always available. You never have to worry about whether your local store will have it stocked. Hell, you can grab a handle any day of the week. It also is perfectly suited to drink neat, on the rocks, or mixed (because of its big bold flavors).

Even better news? If you’re lucky you can still find stores with dusty Wild Turkey 101’s on the shelf, so be alert and make sure to always check the back of the shelves.

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Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Review

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon


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Wild Turkey 101 in the Glass

It’s medium viscosity with a dark honey color.

Nose – 86 Nose

Rye spice with undertones of caramel, honey, and orange zest. It’s full-flavored and rich.

Taste – 89 Points

Vanilla and orange zest with rye spice and Szechuan peppercorn. The back of the palate has that lingering tingle from the peppercorn but also caramel to close.

Finish – 87 Points

The finish is oak and rye with subtle undertones of vanilla.

Verdict – Silver 87 Points

It’s the high end of daily drinkers because it’s readily available and jam-packed with bold flavors. Turkey lovers — tell me what you love most about Wild Turkey 101 in the comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wild Turkey 101 a good bourbon?

Why yes, yes it is. Wild Turkey 101 is the high end of daily drinkers because it’s readily available and jam-packed with bold flavors.

Is Wild Turkey 101 a top shelf?

Wild Turkey 101 is not considered a top-shelf whiskey. Although I would argue, it offers high quality, developed flavors.

How long is Wild Turkey 101 aged?

Wild Turkey 101 is aged 6 to 8 years in the barrel.

How do you drink Wild Turkey 101?

As I will mention above, I prefer to drink Wild Turkey 101 neat.

Can you drink Wild Turkey straight?

Yup, and I would recommend it that way.

Which is better Makers Mark or Wild Turkey?

I scored Wild Turkey 101 one point higher than Maker’s Mark. Although they are a completely different flavor profile and experience.

What do you mix Wild Turkey 101 with?

Whatever you mix Wild Turkey 101 with, its bold flavors will stand up and stand out.

Is Wild Turkey 101 bottled in bond?

No, it is not. For one thing, Bottled in Bond whiskey must be 100 proof. Wild Turkey 101 is 101 proof.

Is Wild Turkey a bourbon?

Yes, it is. Corn is its primary grain (75% corn, 13% barley, and 12% rye), more specifically it’s a high rye bourbon.

Is Wild Turkey 101 a rye whiskey?

Wild Turkey 101 is not a rye whiskey but it is made with a high rye bourbon mashbill, so a rye whiskey would mean rye is the prominent grain. Wild Turkey only has 11% rye in its mash.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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