#252 • Wild Turkey Rare Breed

54.1% alc./vol.
Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, United States

It was in 1869 that this distillery was founded in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and since then they have been producing whiskey continuously, except during the dark (or sober) period of prohibition (1920-1933). They make more bourbon a few blends and the rye.

Today's expression, the Rare Breed, is at 108.2 degrees proof a bourbon barrel-proofwhich means that it has not been diluted with water, either before or after it has been placed in barrels. A cask strength , what. This is the result of a subtle blend of Wild Turkey from 6, 8, and 12 years, which gives it a nice softness and roundness despite its drunk alcohol.

As the pianist, African American composer and spiritual father of the ragtime, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) so aptly put it:

As we advance in life, we realize that the most rare courage is that of thinking.

Frankish and golden amber, though less dark than the 101 and the Forgiven.

Nose:
Rich and velvety caramel, butterscotch, honey and wood. Barely vanilla and corn. On a distant horizon is lemon and leatherette.

Taste:
Sumptuous palate, full of fruit, cinnamon and caramel. Rye and honey dance and change partners with butterscotch and vanilla.

Finish:
Gorgeous. Its age and composition give it a warmth and softness that supplants its alcohol content without discomfort. Burnt caramel, oak, spice and corn notes.

Balance:
A bourbon of high class. Very balanced, full of flavor and richness. Filled with personality. Indeed, a rare species.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#251 • Wild Turkey 101

50.5% alc./vol.
Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, United States

Wild Turkey 101. No this is not a lecture on the distillery, but my criticism of this expression. 101 because it's his alcohol level in degrees proofSo 50.5% according to our southern neighbors.

It was in 1869 that this distillery was founded in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and since then they have been producing whiskey continuously, except during the dark (or sober) period of prohibition (1920-1933). They make more bourbon a few blends and the rye.

As the actor, director, guitarist, screenwriter and American film producer so well said Johnny Depp :

Who is happiest, the man who will have braved the storm of life and lived, or the one who will remain safe on the bank and will have contented himself with existing?

Orange, dark amber and rich, typically old bourbon.

Nose:
Vanilla and caramel, bourbon spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a little cloud of cream behind it all. Through this waltz we manage to smell the corn and we release on a little wood by removing the nose from the glass. Rubbing soap with soap.

Taste:
Light enough on the tongue. Caramel, vanilla and fruit are immediately present before being swept by spices, lemon and sweet corn. Oak foundation and always corn with a fruity explosion at the end.

Finish:
Spicy warmth remains in the mouth and lends itself well to a scene where one can contemplate a sunset on a veranda of the American Midwest. On a rocking chase. Or on a beach in Santa Cruz.

Balance:
An above average bourbon that defends itself admirably well. It is said that it was the favorite of the author Hunter S. Thompson. If he was good enough for the father of the gonzo journalism, difficult to reproach him.

Note: ★★★★★