Tasting and Review by Daniel & Rex in the Whisk(e)y Vault
Wild Turkey 81 is an 81 proof (40.5% alcohol) bourbon aged 6-8 years, longer than any other bourbon in its class.To give it that signature kick, Eddie Russell uses the classic Wild Turkey high-rye mash bill and ages it in Wild Turkey’s famous #4 alligator char American oak barrels.81 shines on its own, but it’s best in a mixed drink like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Wild Turkey is produced with a high rye content giving a spicy and more mature taste profile.
The spirit is aged for longer than most other bourbons, primarily 6-8 years giving a rounder and more complex taste.
Made under strictly controlled regulations, probably makes it the most tightly controlled of any whiskey type from around the world