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Wild Turkey 81

I found it fitting that in the middle of the Makers Mark ABV "scandal" I tried a bourbon that proudly includes it relatively low proof (or ABV) in it's name.  High ABV simply does NOT mean good whiskey... yet too far many people seem to think otherwise and my guess is they would dismiss this 81 proof (or 40.5% ABV) based purely on that.   The nose on this is not strong, I get some peaches and other over ripe sweet fruits.  With time some bubble gum and rye notes as well.  The taste is creamy and sweet, the fruit from the nose combine with classic rye spice tingle.  The finish has a little cinnamon spice and oak, but overall remains as soft and mellow as the nose.  A lightweight whiskey perhaps; but nethertheless it is good.  Restraint is not a sign of weakness.... it is a sign of confidence.

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  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Bourbon
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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