Bought – The Drink Shop, 28th November 2013
87/100 – Ralfy – His review on YouTube (September 2013)
91/100 – Whisky Bitch – Her review on YouTube (March 2012)
Wild Turkey was on my radar when I found the ‘Rare Breed’ version mentioned in Ian Buxton’s book ‘101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die’. When trying to hunt it down in August I stumbled across the Whisky Bitch’s review of the 101 on YouTube. She loves it, especially as a sipping whiskey. Ian Buxton said that all Wild Turkey’s range were good (except possibly the ‘calendar’). Combine the two views and the 101 was firmly on my shopping list.
By September Ralfy posted up a video review of the 101 on YouTube and added his weight behind the praise of this bourbon. Although the 81 version is available in some supermarkets, I’d only found the 101 in one High Street store, The Wine Rack. At £26.99 there were plenty of single malts I wanted at that price of less, so getting the 101 seemed a distant prospect. But, when putting in an order with The Drink Shop, I noticed a cheap mini of the 101 and grabbed my chance. If it tastes as good as everyone says I might push the boat out in 2014 and get a full bottle!
Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 31st October 2013
88/100 – Whiskybase (from 1 member vote)
At last, another bourbon! I’ve been debating for a while between getting a new bottle of 81 or 101 when I spotted this vintage bottle of Wild Turkey up for auction. Nobody was interested in it so I got it for the opening bid of £1. Bargain!
A label on the back of the bottle says “Imported by Atkinson, Baldwin & Co, Regent Street, London.” I did my research and this company was formed on 2nd October 1923 and dissolved on 14th November 2006, at which time they’d moved from London to Uxbridge. I couldn’t find out when they moved from Regent Street but clearly my bottle is older than 2006. It looks quite a bit older but not dating back as far as 1923, unfortunately! The company was described as for “wholesale alcohol and other drinks”.
From hunting about on forums this bottle seems to be from the 1970s or 1980s, made from 7-year-old whiskey and considered by several experienced bourbon drinkers as having a better, fuller flavour than the modern day version. Now the question still remains, do I get a 81 or a 101 to compare this one against?! Heck, why not get both!!!