Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon Whiskey
Staff Pick

Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon Whiskey

Item # 30611 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52/ Case of 12
ABV
40.50%
Country
USA
Region
Producer
Audio Glossary

Tasting Notes

This is one of the most underrated American whiskies on our shelves. Filling a void that was long held by Buffalo Trace, the quality of this bourbon for this price tier is unmatched. Sweet liquid caramel, butterscotch, and cinnamon candy are the first things you notice, followed by red delicious apples, yellow peaches, and nectarines. The palate is dry yet mouth-watering, with flavors of orange peel, oak spice, and clove. After a few minutes in the glass, the veil is pulled back and more layers start to appear. A steal of a whiskey from a heritage brand.


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Staff Pick Notes

Over 20 years ago this was the first bourbon that I ever remember drinking. I heard the George Thorogood song, "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and I thought to myself, "I don't even know what bourbon is, let alone how it tastes." I knew beer. Sure, Scotch was from Scotland. But this bourbon thing? So I asked my local bartender for a shot of bourbon. He looked back at me slack-jawed. "Bourbon?" he replied. He found a dusty bottle of Wild Turkey 81. He poured me a shot, which I promptly downed. To my palette, it was firewater. Revisiting this heritage brand recently, I found that my tastes have changed a lot, because I know this hasn't changed at all. The flavor is full and rich with sweet caramel notes and a finish lingering with spice. Enjoy on the rocks, neat, or as a component in your favorite whiskey cocktail!

- JGM

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