Well, needless to say, I was pretty excited when Wild Turkey 101 Rye hit the shelves again after a few years gone from the wide world of rye, almost as excited as I was to see the U.S. soccer team pick up a 2-1 victory over Ghana. This has long been regarded as one of the finest value ryes that you could no longer find in liquor stores. Now, Wild Turkey has rereleased this whiskey, and I am pretty excited to get to review this new release. There is no age statement on this, but I suspect that we are dealing with about a 6 year-old rye here; we do know that this is 101 proof (50.5% abv).
The nose on Wild Turkey 101 rye is quite vegetal, but full of spicy rye characteristics. Nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, licorice, and wood shavings all present themselves. The palate is earthy and a bit vegetal, with some wood, soil, rye bread, and licorice. The finish is long and sweeter than the palate, with honey and vanilla wrapping themselves nicely behind herbal, earthy spices.
Overall, this is a fine rye whiskey. It presents a lot of classic rye characteristics with a lot of value. I would also imagine that this would do wonderfully in a rye-based cocktail if that is your cup of tea/whiskey. Either way, this one is definitely worth a try, although I cannot say how it stacks up to what this whiskey was five years ago. My grade: B-. Price: $25-30/750ml. This is most certainly a fine value for a rye whiskey, evident of a great trend for Wild Turkey.