Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Wild Turkey
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • spicy
  • caramel
  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • toasted oak
  • citrus zest
  • apple
  • apricot
  • maple

Wild Turkey

101 Rye Whiskey (0.75l, 50.5%)
Price $26.99

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One of our go-to Rye Whiskeys for cocktail-making still makes everyone smile.

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 Whiskies under the very popular Wild Turkey name along with several other brands. All under the watchful eyes and experienced hands of the only father-son master distiller team in the business — Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey has a bit of a story to it. Their 101 Bourbon is one of their most popular offerings and the Rye was close behind. But supply issues crept in and there was a dark period when from about 2012 to 2015 when you could only get it at the distillery or in the secondary market. This made everyone sad. But got their supply chain running again and one of our favorite cocktail Rye Whiskies has been continuously available since then.

The mash bill is 51% rye, 36% corn, and 12% malted barley. There is no age statement, but it is a mix of deeply-charred #4 barrels aged four to five years and — as the name states — it’s bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV). Time to mix up a Manhattan.

  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Wild Turkey
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Warm Caramel

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you will find lots of everything — baking spices, caramel sauce, granola clusters, butter toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, citrus zest, and an apple-maple something.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is rich and warm with more spices showing up along with brittle toffee, apricot, and yogurt chips.

Finish
The finish is nicely long and warm with wood spice all the way down.

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  • spicy
  • caramel
  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • toasted oak
  • citrus zest
  • apple
  • apricot
  • maple
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
During the fire of 2000, more than 900,000 gallons of Whiskey caught fire and spilled, setting a local forest on fire, poisoning a local stream, and saturating local limestone deposits with flaming alcohol, causing them to explode.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
During the fire of 2000, more than 900,000 gallons of Whiskey caught fire and spilled, setting a local forest on fire, poisoning a local stream, and saturating local limestone deposits with flaming alcohol, causing them to explode.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
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