Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101

(0.75l, 50.5%)


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Wild Turkey 101 is all about the power and the flavour.

In 1869, the Ripy Brothers started distilling on Wild Turkey Hill near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The namesake product became their number one seller and the name of the distillery was changed to reflect that success. The Ripy Family sold the distillery in 1952, and then the normal rounds of mergers and acquisition occurred. Campari Group out of Italy owns them now and they produce a wide range of Bourbons under the very popular Wild Turkey name along with several other brands.

Wild Turkey is one of the most well-known Bourbon Brands in the world, and Wild Turkey 101 is America’s #1 selling premium Bourbon. Like all Wild Turkey Bourbons, it is aged in the deepest charred barrels — #4 “alligator char.” This brings out a complexity and depth of flavour that has been winning fans for generations.  But the 101 is special. It is made from the best casks of Wild Turkey and it served up at “101 proof” (50.5% ABV) — which is how the Whiskey gets its name and the reason that the flavours are so complex and powerful. The results are exceptional and it has consistently won so many gold medals over the years that we simply cannot list them all here.

Smartass Corner: Last year Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey became the brand ambassador and art director for Wild Turkey.
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    50.5%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    8 Year Old

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spicy
caramel
cinnamon
spicy rye
clove
milk chocolate
nutmeg
sweet
pecan
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Fresh cream, pecan pie, warm buttered toast, and clove

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Powerful with nutmeg, cinnamon, milk chocolate truffle, more pecans, and creamy toffee

Finish
Smooth with a light burn and brilliant spice
Ratings & Reviews
Neal
Neal,
Far better than it's stigma. A little raw and woody, but mellows as it moves over the tongue. A couple drops of water brings out caramel and vanilla. Short, round finish.
 
BRIAN
BRIAN,
Like it
 
Kenji
Kenji,
Bold spicy from start to finish, with caramel in between. Long finish. No off putting flavors neat or on ice.
 
John
John,
Extremely smooth. Great value.
 
DEAN
DEAN,
Definitely has that cinnamon spice which I look for in a bourbon some oak but not much more sweet at the end
 
Robert
Robert,
Nose: sweet, spice, oak, light licorice, light leather. Taste: sweet fruit, pepper spice, oak. Winner of a blind tasting among 12 sample bottles for me. The high-rye content brings out some great flavors and balances really well with the fruity sweetness. Amazing value.
 
Matt
Matt,
Ok every day type to relax with
 
Greg
Greg,
Great daily sipper or to mix in an Old Fashioned. Some good Rye spice.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Solid buy. Traditional bourbon flavors of cherry and oak with a kick.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Solid value. Leans spicy. Great neat or in cocktails.
 
Joe
Joe,
Hearty. Nutty spices. Subdued vanilla with a finish of milk chocolate.
 
Andre
Andre,
Very Rye forward, but approachable. Very good cocktail bourbon. Tastes more expensive than it is. :)
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Love it!
 
Travis
Travis,
My go to, easy access and just a great flavor.
 
Michael
Michael,
Wild turkey 101 is a great bargain, and my goto for an old fashioned, but it's also very drinkable on its own.
 
Jerald
Jerald,
Great daily bourbon at an even better price.
 
Mark
Mark,
This is truly fantastic for the price. Surprisingly smooth.
 
Jessica
Jessica,
Was at the local market picking up a few things not needing to pick up any more whiskey than I already did. But I saw the Wild Turkey 101 on the shelf behind the cashier and just read the night before that its a must for every bar and can withstand a mixed drink like no other. Just cracked it open and yes it is big! All the right flavors that I'm very looking forward to mixing in to a few drinks tonight. Definitely agree, for the price, this is a staple for every bar!
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Amazing every day bourbon, cherry vanilla pepper and barrel spice
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Love this Bourbon. It’s a good price for a nice pour over rocks or neat.
 
Mark
Mark,
Great price point for a quality bourbon
 
Chris
Chris,
This is my daily go to. Price is great and the flavor even better. Spice up front with classic Bourbon notes following. Ends with a nice black cherry finish. What are you waiting for. Go get some.
 
David
David,
I do like this wild turkey, smooth with a hint of spice, I prefer it neat., goes down easy wit a lil burn at the end, naturally, it’s 101 it’s definitely worth buying
 
Chris
Chris,
I like the pepper bite on this one.
 
Mark
Mark,
Goes down a bit hot but has a good flavor to it!
 
Tom
Tom,
A staple for any bourbon guy!
 
Stuart
Stuart,
Pretty much my go to bourbon
 
Chris
Chris,
Good mixer. 101 proof helps to ramp up the flavors, although the whiskey is a bit thin. Sweet, light caramel with some spice. Finish is fast, and mostly spicy. Good value for the money
 
Mike
Mike,
Rye spice. Complex but a bit harsh on the finish. Very good value.
 
Steve
Steve,
Very consistent, rye spice, full flavors of a bourbon.
 
Leo
Leo,
Great bourbon for the dollar.
 
Jaythan
Jaythan,
Amazing bourbon for the price. Holds up for incredibly well on the rock. Great neat or with mixed drinks. The best budget bourbon. On the rocks it tastes like chocolate covered cherries and pecans. It wasn’t nearly as spicy as I was anticipating the barrel spice is balanced throughout the drink. Very round, no sharpness, easy drinker
 
George
George,
Great flavor.
 
Richard
Richard,
Classic bourbon notes: sweet, oak and a little nutty. Short finish but for less than $25 you won’t do much better
 
Andy
Andy,
So far in my early journey this is my favorite bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon nose. The taste is cinnamon role with buttery toast and a slightly spicy finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
Punches way above its price point. Tasty, potent and very easy to drink. I go through this way too fast, but more is in my near future.
 
Angel
Angel,
Caramel vanilla perfumed deliciousness. Rich tea notes and cardamom. Unbelievably under priced. Proofed at just the right number. There will never be a moment when I don't have 101 in the cupboard.
 
Elvis
Elvis,
I was not a fan of Wild Turkey growing up. I kept hearing of Wild Turkey 101, and decided to give it a try. I loved it! Another great bottle at it's price point.
 
Brian
Brian,
Great stuff on the rocks.
 
Dick
Dick,
One of my all time favorites
 
Philip
Philip,
I wrote off wild turkey as a college mistake. However, I revisited at 35 with a different palate and sipped it slow. Lots of cinnamon spice, a little sweet, like a cinnamon bun or cinnamon bear. 15-20 drops of water in a 1.5 oz pour was ideal for us. Will buy a bottle for the library.
 
guest
guest,
My ride-or-die house bourbon. Punchy enough at 101 proof to carry any cocktail. Affordable enough (especially in a 1.75) to serve to guests en masse, and generally tasty enough to drink neat or on-the-rocks as desired. Gobble gobble!
 
Beau
Beau,
WT101 is the best bourbon I've tasted to date. I find it to be a great flavor all-around, and smooth as can be.
 
guest
guest,
Kickin Chicken. A favorite for bourbon and ginger ale
 
Noah
Noah,
My top go to bourbon. I always have a bottle (or three) on hand. All the classic bourbon notes you expect. Doesn't get much better at this price point.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
One of my favorite bourbons. Maintains a strong and enjoyable flavor with a strong burn and high proof. Very adaptable for all sorts of drinking but i prefer neat with a few drops of water
 
Mark
Mark,
I have always liked Wild Turkey. It's always been a favorite of mine. Used to give it to my trumpet Prof at Indiana University every Christmas.
 
Paul
Paul,
A very popular bourbon that has been around for a long time. Though I prefer Scotch, this is a satisfying drink with more of a bite than I'm used to. A good value at the price.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Marshmallow aroma that carries slightly onto the more bolder and spicier palate, light vanilla and dried fruit notes behind a high-rye profile. Finish is lasting and spicy, overall flavor seemed consistent and slightly dry. Following the end of the American Civil War, the Ripy Brothers returned to their native state of Kentucky and together, opened a distillery on the slopes of a hill in Lawrenceburg. The distillery operated continuously for nearly fifty years until the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States, was ratified. Following the end of Prohibition, the Ripy Brothers Distillery was reopened and a distillery executive named Thomas McCarthy took samples of maturing whiskey from the distillery on a turkey hunt with a group of friends. The next year, his friends asked him to bring "some of that wild turkey whiskey"on their next hunt, giving birth to the distillery's new name. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon is crafted using a high-rye mashbill, which gives the bourbon a unique and spicy flavor profile. Once the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in American oak casks that have been charred with a #4 char; referring to casks that have been charred so heavily that the interior resembles an alligator hide. After maturing for six to eight years it is bottled at 101 proof.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Sweet, vanilla, sweeter than avg bourbon
 
Chris
Chris,
Really good for the price
 
Alex
Alex,
It's hard to go wrong with the bird
 
guest
guest,
Good nice spice. Could be a regular sipper for me
 
Gabriel
Gabriel,
Wild Turkey 101: 101 Proof: Med finish Nose: -Sweet -Honey Taste: -Honey -Dark Oak -Spicy -Caramel -Cinnamon -Slight nuttiness
 
Seth
Seth,
The aroma of vanilla and oak fill the glass. The taste is a cinnamon spice, sweet caramel, and a creaminess with a nice burn. Its the lingering sweet creaminess that eases and complements the final spiciness and burn.
 
Chris
Chris,
Good bourbon. Spiciness somewhat overpowers the other flavors.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Great bourbon with classic bourbon flavor and the price is hard to beat.
 
David
David,
This is definitely my favorite “everyday” whiskey. And for the price is a real steal. This whiskey easily competes with whiskeys in the $30-$35 price range.
 
Adam
Adam,
Go-to well. Nice rye flavor and a lot of bang for the buck in proof and flavor.
 
guest
guest,
Not sure where the tragic myth of Wild Turkey being a bad bourbon comes from. The 101 is my go to bourbon truly enjoy the rich palate notes of dark fruit, vanilla, oak and wood which really come together beautifully in a 101 proof bottle. Works fantastic in cocktails as well. For the price you really can’t grab a better bottle. 8.6/10
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Appearance: Color is copper. Decent legs Nose: Starts with vanilla, baking spices, oak, and just a touch of caramel sweetness Palate: First sip is a balance of baking spice, oak, mild caramel sweetness, and an overall nice complexity. There is another layer of an almost malt flavor, as well as pecan. Above average palate. Mouthfeel: Good coating mouthfeel, a little drying from the proof. Finish: Linger of the baking spices. Overall impression: Solid budget offering, cohesive flavors, nice profile.
 
Walt
Walt,
One of my fav low cos5 bourbons.
 
Tim
Tim,
Great mixer and for good cocktails as the flavor will hold up. A little warm and not very smooth. But smooth for a high ABV
 
Burton
Burton,
High rye presence in the nose and palate. High quality to price ratio. Worth a buy.
 
Paul
Paul,
Nice and enjoyable for the price. Decent flavor. Good for a regular value option.
 
Matt
Matt,
If you are looking for something spice forward, this may be your jam.
 
guest
guest,
Strong bite. Enjoyed it more as I kept drinking. Caramel and vanilla. Great value for the $!
 
Roger
Roger,
Very strong, not a huge fan.
 
Gašper
Gašper,
Nothing speccial,,corny
 
guest
guest,
A good bourbon for the price. Great for mixed drinks and it has a an extra oomf from its abv that will get you going.
 
Ken
Ken,
I must say, I do love this whisky. An absolutely fantastic value for the price, making it an excellent daily option. I did get a lot of caramel, toffee, vanilla and a perfect bit of oak spice.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
A surprisingly great bourbon for the price, would always recommend for a mixer or even solo - but don't put it on ice it isn't powerful enough on it's own.
 
Steve
Steve,
Wild Turkey 81 is my daily drink. Couldn't imagine an evening without 2 or 3 shots. Single with a splash of water & plenty of ice. I certainly love trying others, top shelf of course, but I always grab my 81 over & over. For my taste this is absolutely the one, the eighty one! Something about Kentucky bourbon. I don't care for beer. I've lost my taste for wine over the years, but a smooth bourbon & water always does the trick. I rarely drink more than 4 or 5 shots in a night. Typically sip about one per hour.
 
Zack
Zack,
Always a solid choice. Underrated by most in my opinion. Always stays stocked at my house.
 
Alfie
Alfie,
Absolute fire! Amazing scorching feeling down the throat along with a singeing flavour on the tongue. Tastes better over time.
 
Mike
Mike,
One of my go to sippers, well rounded high rye bourbon, don’t let the price fool you into thinking this isn’t a good bottle!
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Best thing money can buy for $20. My dad drinks it and I snubbed it for a long time. After a few years of growing my taste buds, I thought I’d come back around to it. The nose has a bit of caramel but it’s a little light until you get right up to it. Tasting it you get a quick kick of the sweetness followed by the spice. It melts into cinnamon and clove, followed by a nice, long sweet finish.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Just a very nice taste. Not as harsh as some. I like smoother but this is good for the money
 
Chris
Chris,
First time I’ve tried any Wild Turkey and it is way better than expected. Good value priced every day sipper.
 
Nick
Nick,
Having not yet dipped my toe into the Campari bourbon family, I picked up Wild Turkey's 101 as my entry point. Aged in deeply charred barrels and bottled at 101 proof, this often recommended and repeatedly rewarded bourbon comes with the promise of irresistible aromas and bold flavors. Poured neat into a Glencairn glass, I let it breathe for a while before diving in. The nose on the 101 is exceedingly pleasant with layers of vanilla, honey, cream, and autumn spices that create such a nice palette of scents that the alcohol vapors almost sneak by undetected. The sip coats the mouth just enough, carrying over the vanilla from the nose and adding caramel and cinnamon. The finish is moderate with the deep char and oakiness coming through and playing off the caramel layers and a biting spice that lingers long enough to savor. I was surprised to like this as much as I did being the highest proof bourbon I have purchased to date and think this was the perfect label to bridge the gap between the lower and barrel proof bourbons. I can see why Wild Turkey is a staple for so many, and it will be for me as well.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
High rye bourbon done right. A smooth sipper straight, and it holds up like a champ in any mixed drink.
 
Chris
Chris,
The BEST budget bourbon. High proof, big flavor, and under $25!
 
Ron
Ron,
Heavy burn. Not too smooth.
 
guest
guest,
Sweet upfront with a nice bite on the backend. Strong oak, molasses, and caramel
 
Athanasios
Athanasios,
It is very average, but gets the job done. Cheap but the flavor isn't great.
 
Heather
Heather,
Warm vanilla caramel nose, good bite. High rye
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Love this stuff!
 
guest
guest,
House staple
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Perfect to drink neat, and with water.
 
guest
guest,
Love it for the value, want to keep it stocked
 
Terrance
Terrance,
i really enjoyed this. definitely my favorite
 
guest
guest,
Simply spicy
 
Rolf
Rolf,
Much aroma and long aftertaste.
 
guest
guest,
I like it. Spicier than your average bear with high rye at the front. Almost, but not quite bitter after taste. Pecan maybe? Underrated.
 
Seth
Seth,
Great tasting bourbon. Lots of rye flavor, smooth even at 101 proof. Can’t beat the price and the taste.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
My favorite mass market bourbon, and you can't beat the bang for the buck!
 
Rocky
Rocky,
Always have a bottle. Strong, great taste and smooth.
 
lindsey
lindsey,
Complex and smooth - a favorite daily treat.
 
Rick
Rick,
My daily go-to bourbon. My favorite for the price point
 
Alan
Alan,
great flavor add some water
 
Dan
Dan,
Daily choice for mixed drink
 
Charles
Charles,
A lot of bite but with cigar & the fellas
 
Michael
Michael,
Very Drinkable for the price. A little young and a little "hot".
 
James
James,
My goto party bourbon. Lots of heat, and lots of burn. You will know you are drinking alcohol, but it is a full, spicy flavor.
 
guest
guest,
Can’t go wrong with 101. Keep a bottle at the house 365
 
Dave
Dave,
Fantastic bourbon for under $20
 
Cancel
Cancel,
I love it it is smooth tasting. Added splash of coke and or Sprite.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Always a favorite of mine. Spicy, rich, and unrefined...
 
Dan
Dan,
This represents all the things I like in a bourbon. A staple on my shelf.
 
Mark
Mark,
I mixed it with Canada Dry's Lemon Ginger Ale. Excellent taste.
 
John
John,
It’s one of my all time favorites. Even way back in my high school days. Remember party till ya puuuuk. A those were the days. But now that I finally grew up, and learned how to drink so that I can appreciate more of the good things in life. Some times you just gota do things the hard way
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Super Solid- the true classic
 
Eno
Eno,
Love it
 
Todd
Todd,
Great bourbon at a great price.
 
John
John,
This is one of my favorites. But Rare Breed would put this to shame any day of the week.
 
Barry
Barry,
This is my "go to" bourbon. Great flavor for an upper mid tier bourbon.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Tasty, wouldn't sip, but I keep it on the bar for cocktails.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
There is the most incredibly priced bourbon for what you get. If you don’t want an overly sweet bourbon that has a great alcohol percentage but isn’t harsh this is the one to get. Could not recommend this more highly. Get this over the 80%. If it’s too strong you can always water it down to around the 80%.
 
Brad
Brad,
Spicy. Solid taste.
 
Robert
Robert,
Great on the rocks or with a splash of soda
 
Blake
Blake,
Great for what it is, an everyday pour.
 
Tim
Tim,
Average bourbon. A little water helps.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
It has a good flavor and goes down smooth
 
DAVID
DAVID,
Gets shit done!
 
Chad
Chad,
Great bourbon and economical compared to similar bourbon.
 
Lynn
Lynn,
One of the best 100 proof bourbons. The caramel finish is always there. One of my favorites.
 
DODSTIL
DODSTIL,
I'm not much of a connoisseur of whiskey, bourbon, tequila, scotch, and other high spirits but I try to experience the top shelf brands and learn more about them. I like wild turkey bourbon because it is 101 proof, I don't particularly like drinking anything under 100 proof. Wild Turkey has a nice mellow flavor with a kick.
 
Tara
Tara,
Okay but not as clean as other Bourbons.
 
Sean
Sean,
Good taste for your money.
 
guest
guest,
Great budget bottle
 
Lewis
Lewis,
Extremely smooth and flavorful
 
Lance
Lance,
My poison. 3 shots turkey to 12 oz coke is near perfection.
 
Eric
Eric,
My go-to bourbon. Enjoy neat or with a ice sphere on a hot day
 
Zac
Zac,
Its a good all round Bourbon, smooth and reasonable priced.
 
ChristopherE.
ChristopherE.,
Love the depth and the spiciness of this bourban!!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
This is one of the better bourbons out there if you're looking for something to come home to every day. The price is hard to beat and it's a really solid offering. It's easy to look past Wild Turkey as something you drank in college, but their portfolio is incredibly strong/diverse and this is emblematic of how good the lineup is top to bottom.
 
Don
Don,
Not as fond of this, but some of my friends are.
 
Harry
Harry,
For a large commercial distillery, the heavy "woody" taste of the barrel is magnificent.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Nice
 
Fred
Fred,
An easy drink.
 
Fred
Fred,
One of this brands better bourbons. Inexpensive for what you get.
 
guest
guest,
My everyday, go to bourbon. Always on the rocks. Great balance of fire and ice.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
A solid sipper.... Definitely take it easy or you will sleep within an hour and out for the rest of the day.
 
Charles
Charles,
My go to bar drink unless it is a higher end bar.
 
Doug
Doug,
When you want to forget the day.lol
 
Mark
Mark,
Literally, the best 30 dollar or so bourbon I've ever had. Never had Wild Turkey before, but now I'm a fan!
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Wild Turkey is my go to. It's a great sipping whiskey. The 101 proof is just a bonus.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Great bourbon for the $$
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Bold taste, unique from its competitors. I would also recommend taking the tour if you find yourself in KY.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Strong back-end taste, which is to be expected with a 50.5%. Great quality for the price, which I can advise is less expensive at most liquor stores I've been to (sorry Flaviar)
 
guest
guest,
Perfect mixer. Great taste alone, but also great with ginger ale or coke.
 
Smitty
Smitty,
Delicious, complex.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Great
 
guest
guest,
I need it.
 
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