|Bird is the Word|
Nose: Full, rich corn and rye notes. The alcohol and rye merge together to make a acetone-anise note that really stands out. Dark cherries, bitter citrus rind, and earthy spices on the periphery. Borderline sweet, but a great phenolic note that really stands out.
Taste: Two stages of the taste in this product. Stage one is a pleasant, simple blend of not harsh ethanol and oak. Light, grainy feeder corn notes and a watery mouthfeel conclude stage one. Stage two begins immediately afterwards in a building warmth to burn and a spicy licorice candy rye note. Some nonspecific bitters work their way into the profile. Some late corn flavor comes in.
Finish: Stays long and warm. A little bit of distilled corn funk kicks in way at the end but it took me a fair amount of sippin and thinkin to get to it.
Balance: Another Kentucky distillery offers another strong flagship bottling. WT101 is a solid, 20-25 dollar product that should be able to be picked up at just about any liquor store. The Wild Turkey house style is a little harder to explain than the yeasty beam or the musty oak of Heaven Hill. I guess if I had to summarize it as concisely as possible I’d say corny spice.
Stupid Letter Grade: B/B+