Wild Turkey Decades 2017: Review

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52% alcohol/Vol 104 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Wild Turkey is quickly becoming one of my favorite distilleries, because they are delivering such high quality products bottle after bottle from $20 to $120—like the classic WT 101, Kentucky Spirit and Russell’s Reserve we’ve reviewed earlier, .  This is Eddie Russell’s 35th anniversary celebration bottle, and he is throwing himself one heck of a party in the bottle with Wild Turkey delivering on their signature flavors.  He had his pick of the most coveted barrels available in mixing this special batch and it shows.  At $120, this is not an everyday bottle, but if you want to party like Eddie you should give this a shot.


The appearance is a medium honey blonde with medium thickness and legs.


The nose is very enticing, with prominent scents being toffee, oak, and caramel.  There is undertones of citrus zest and leather.


The initial tasting notes are sweetness, oak, and spice with a little smoke, all the trademark flavors of a Turkey.  The follow up flavors are more toasted oak dipped in vanilla and caramel, there are also traces of flowers and dried fruit.  This is a flavor party in the mouth very similar to a great chef making ingredients compliment and interplay with each other.  The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  The finish is oak, smoke, and sweetness with tannic leather coating the long finish.  If it wasn’t for that tannic leather, I’d be over the moon for this pour.  It’s still a wonderful celebration for an incredible master distiller, just at a higher price point than some other incredible bottles.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃1/2

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