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Alden
03-21-2013, 20:17
Went to the local liquor store and saw it for $20.00. Never tried it, that I can recall. Is it a pretty good one?

Seems to be popular, but then so is Jack Daniels, which I do not like.

Alden
03-22-2013, 03:59
Well I guess I'll pick one up and judge for myself.

CoMobourbon
03-22-2013, 04:29
OK, I will go ahead and wade into the very controversial, bitterly memory laden minefield of an issue that is the Wild Turkey distillery and say that WT101 pretty good. While there are cheaper and, IMHO, better alternatives for a value 100 proof whiskey (Evan Williams BIB or Fighting Cock comes to mind), WT101 at $20 is still a pretty good / fine value. Particularly if you like your bourbon with a relatively woodier and spicier profile (compared to, say, the thickly sweet profile of Fighting Cock), I say go for it. Also, unlike the two listed above and other similar bourbons, WT101 is pretty much universally available.

Now, there are lots of people on here that will probably tell you that it's no good because it's not what it once was back in the day. I for one was not drinking back in the day and have no reference point for those sorts of claims. So, regardless of what it was like in the past, it seems pretty palatable (and sometimes, if I am in the mood for some wood, actually desirable).

callmeox
03-22-2013, 05:26
Well I guess I'll pick one up and judge for myself.

That's the only way to learn what you prefer. At 20 bucks, there is little risk involved.

No amount of discussion by others on this forum will determine what you like or dislike. That's between you and your palate.

ratcheer
03-22-2013, 05:35
Old-timer here. WT101 is certainly not as good as it used to be, but it is still pretty good whiskey. I still buy it, sometimes.

Tim

Alden
03-22-2013, 08:22
Old-timer here. WT101 is certainly not as good as it used to be, but it is still pretty good whiskey. I still buy it, sometimes.

Tim

Well, as comobourbon already said, I have not point of reference either, as I can't recall ever drinking any.

Maybe once when I was high school or college and just trying to get drunk, as that seemed to be the singular reason to imbibe back in those days, but I would drink damn near anything to achieve a buzz back then.

Alden
03-22-2013, 08:23
OK, I will go ahead and wade into the very controversial, bitterly memory laden minefield of an issue that is the Wild Turkey distillery and say that WT101 pretty good. While there are cheaper and, IMHO, better alternatives for a value 100 proof whiskey (Evan Williams BIB or Fighting Cock comes to mind), WT101 at $20 is still a pretty good / fine value. Particularly if you like your bourbon with a relatively woodier and spicier profile (compared to, say, the thickly sweet profile of Fighting Cock), I say go for it. Also, unlike the two listed above and other similar bourbons, WT101 is pretty much universally available.

Now, there are lots of people on here that will probably tell you that it's no good because it's not what it once was back in the day. I for one was not drinking back in the day and have no reference point for those sorts of claims. So, regardless of what it was like in the past, it seems pretty palatable (and sometimes, if I am in the mood for some wood, actually desirable).

Would you say that is has more wood in it than Weller 12, or Makers Mark? Both of those taste quite woody to me.

squire
03-22-2013, 08:43
Wild Turkey 101 was a big, bold, spicy whisky 30+ years back but the expression on shelves today is a diminished version of it's former self. I could say the same of me so I'll give it a break. For the price of a fast food meal it's certainly worth a try.

Yeti
03-22-2013, 08:43
If you detect a lot of wood in those, you'll probably find more in WT101. It's going to be a lot spicier than those, so the wood may not be what you notice, comparatively.

My father-in-law drinks WT 90% of the time*, always on the rocks, so I've had my fair share of it, but I usually drink it on the rocks with him. When in Rome and all that. I enjoy it, but wouldn't buy it and drink neat like I usually drink whiskey.

* 90% of the time that he's drinking whiskey, not 90% of all time. Although sometimes there's little difference. :slappin:

squire
03-22-2013, 08:48
Hmmm, 90% of the time . . . well, I am retired. I suppose I would be limited to waking hours though I could dream.

Alden
03-22-2013, 08:56
If you detect a lot of wood in those, you'll probably find more in WT101. It's going to be a lot spicier than those, so the wood may not be what you notice, comparatively.

My father-in-law drinks WT 90% of the time*, always on the rocks, so I've had my fair share of it, but I usually drink it on the rocks with him. When in Rome and all that. I enjoy it, but wouldn't buy it and drink neat like I usually drink whiskey.

* 90% of the time that he's drinking whiskey, not 90% of all time. Although sometimes there's little difference. :slappin:

I believe both Makers and Weller are wheaters. Is WT101 more of a high rye one? That would make it spicier, correct?

squire
03-22-2013, 08:59
Correct ....................

stiffchainey
03-22-2013, 09:07
Just bought a bottle of the 101, and I really liked it.

p_elliott
03-22-2013, 10:09
I drink WT 101 the majority of the time and really like it. YMMV but I think it's the best bang for your buck out there.

squire
03-22-2013, 10:51
Of course Paul can't get Barton where he lives.

p_elliott
03-22-2013, 10:59
I always pick up some Barton BIB when in KY

JPBoston
03-22-2013, 11:39
I'm in the "It's good, but there are better in that price range (and below)" camp.

Nothing wrong with it, solid stuff... just a lot of competition in BT, OWA/W12, Fighting Cock, OGD BIB/114, Elijah Craig 12yr, etc in the same price range and lower, that I would take first.

MauiSon
03-22-2013, 11:54
It's currently $16+ ($17 w/tax) on sale here. At that price I'll stock up. It's my favorite <$20 available (main competition - Jim Beam Black @ $16 and Old Grand Dad 86 @ $15). At >$20, I just won't buy it. I use a dollar-value rating system and WT101 = $18.

[Not available: any other OGD, VOB, Weller, Old Forester. FC103, BT, Ritt100 are $24 here.]

JPBoston
03-22-2013, 12:20
It's currently $16+ ($17 w/tax) on sale here. At that price I'll stock up. It's my favorite <$20 available (main competition - Jim Beam Black @ $16 and Old Grand Dad 86 @ $15). At >$20, I just won't buy it. I use a dollar-value rating system and WT101 = $18.

[Not available: any other OGD, VOB, Weller, Old Forester. FC103, BT, Ritt100 are $24 here.]

That's rough. FC is $13.99 here. But I would still take it at $24 compared to a WT at $17.

BT is $18.99, while OGD 86 (or 80 now, I suppose) is about $9.... all while WT101 is roughly $22.

Alden
03-22-2013, 15:18
I just picked one up and drank some. It's really good. I like it.

It's not any better or any worse than OGD, but good to know that anyway.

It's spicy, and a bit sweeter than some, and the wood is present, but not overwhelming. I will put it on my list of the good ones.

Flyfish
03-22-2013, 17:31
It's currently $16+ ($17 w/tax) on sale here. At that price I'll stock up. It's my favorite <$20 available (main competition - Jim Beam Black @ $16 and Old Grand Dad 86 @ $15). At >$20, I just won't buy it. I use a dollar-value rating system and WT101 = $18.

[Not available: any other OGD, VOB, Weller, Old Forester. FC103, BT, Ritt100 are $24 here.]
Tell us more about how that dollar-value rating system yields a price of $18 for WT. Is it a simple system we can use for any bourbon? Suggestions for how to adjust for variations in price from state to state? (In OH, if I understand you, WT is about $22 and should never be purchased.)

Alden
03-22-2013, 18:01
I paid $21 for this bottle, but I know I can probably get it for a dollar or two less at another shop here in town.

It's just not worth a dollar or two to drive the extra miles.

Grain Belt
03-22-2013, 18:52
FWIW, I feel the WT101 is a fine and worthy bourbon. I like the spice and solid oak flavors it offers. Some Turkey on the rocks makes me a happy man. I don't know all the ins and outs of its distillery and "the old days" , but I've been pouring it for about ten years and am proud to say so.

squire
03-22-2013, 18:58
So here's to another 10, my Grand Dad and I salute you.

MauiSon
03-23-2013, 00:45
Tell us more about how that dollar-value rating system yields a price of $18 for WT. Is it a simple system we can use for any bourbon? Suggestions for how to adjust for variations in price from state to state? (In OH, if I understand you, WT is about $22 and should never be purchased.)

Well, I suppose ya caught me bending the truth there a bit. My system is simply a measure of my pleasure in monetary terms. I'm no stickler, if I desired a bottle of WT101 away from home and the price was $22, I'd buy it. I wouldn't bunker it at that price, though. I bunker for two reasons only, value and selection.

Thanks for asking, it helped to clarify my intention.

CoMobourbon
03-24-2013, 15:22
If you detect a lot of wood in those, you'll probably find more in WT101. It's going to be a lot spicier than those, so the wood may not be what you notice, comparatively.

My father-in-law drinks WT 90% of the time*, always on the rocks, so I've had my fair share of it, but I usually drink it on the rocks with him. When in Rome and all that. I enjoy it, but wouldn't buy it and drink neat like I usually drink whiskey.

* 90% of the time that he's drinking whiskey, not 90% of all time. Although sometimes there's little difference. :slappin:

Sorry for the delay Alden. Your standards for quick posting are pretty intense!

Yes; this. It is both more woody (especially than MM) and a different kind of woody: less of the mellow sweet wood of the Weller line and more of a sharp, spicy wood.

Alden
03-24-2013, 15:34
Sorry for the delay Alden. Your standards for quick posting are pretty intense!

Yes; this. It is both more woody (especially than MM) and a different kind of woody: less of the mellow sweet wood of the Weller line and more of a sharp, spicy wood.

OK. I don't taste as much wood in it, when compared to MM or Weller, but maybe that's just because, like you just said, it's a different type of wood flavor. More spice. I'm going to take another sip in a bit here and see what I can pick up.

Alden
03-24-2013, 15:53
OK, caramel, vanilla, honey, toasted oak, coffee, tobacco... that's all I'm getting.

I really like this stuff. It's a bit on the sweet side, and I have a sweet tooth.

ebo
03-24-2013, 15:56
WT 101 is a go to bourbon for me. I always have a bottle. WT 101, EW Black, OGD BiB, and GD #12 are always in the house.

CoMobourbon
03-24-2013, 16:03
OK. I don't taste as much wood in it, when compared to MM or Weller, but maybe that's just because, like you just said, it's a different type of wood flavor. More spice. I'm going to take another sip in a bit here and see what I can pick up.


OK, caramel, vanilla, honey, toasted oak, coffee, tobacco... that's all I'm getting.

I really like this stuff. It's a bit on the sweet side, and I have a sweet tooth.

Good. I like it too.

BTW, I should have phrased my response "I taste more woodiness..." rather than "It is more woody..."

Even in your short time on the board, you've surely by now noticed the taste-is-subjective-and-personal, don't-let-anybody-tell-you-what-something-tastes-like orthodoxies. That's pretty much the standard response to questions like yours, and even if I think people sometimes use it to over-generalize and avoid committing to a specific opinion, I think it's really a pretty sensible answer.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
03-26-2013, 22:21
Id agree with 90% of the guys here that WT101 is a good whiskey. At its price point ($16 here) There are others id buy before it, but not many. Id pay a little more and get better whiskey, but sometimes when you just want wild turkey, its better than those too!

Restaurant man
03-27-2013, 06:42
Tell us more about how that dollar-value rating system yields a price of $18 for WT. Is it a simple system we can use for any bourbon? Suggestions for how to adjust for variations in price from state to state? (In OH, if I understand you, WT is about $22 and should never be purchased.)

Keep in mind that some of the "state to state" price variation happens when one guy is talking liters and the other 750's

deathevocation
03-28-2013, 05:57
Saw another dusty 8 year old 101 this week. Think I'll grab it shortly. Anyone seen the blue label 12 year olds? Who are they made for?

Flyfish
03-28-2013, 06:43
Keep in mind that some of the "state to state" price variation happens when one guy is talking liters and the other 750's
And sometimes the price variation is based on local price controls. In Ohio, the price of a 750 of WT ranges from $23.05 to $23.20 because of county taxes that are imposed in addition to the state mandated price. Most of my bourbon dollars are spent outside of OH not because of the price but because so much of what I buy is not availabe at any price in this state.

bllygthrd
03-28-2013, 18:37
My son-in-law is a huge WT 101 (all WT expressions actually) fan ... so I've never had to buy a bottle ... can't seem to pry my grip from the VOB BIB bottle neck ...

Old Dusty
03-29-2013, 17:40
Caught this Turkey 101 in the wilds of the Gulf Coast.

Alden
03-29-2013, 18:30
Caught this Turkey 101 in the wilds of the Gulf Coast.

Nice. Sure looks like Marco to me.

Cheers!

p_elliott
03-30-2013, 09:04
Alden

Your signature makes me think of the song "Hemingway's Whiskey" by Kenny Chesney every time I see it. Then I can't get it out of my head.

squire
03-30-2013, 10:03
As I recall the chap in Alden's avatar was fond of Wild Turkey also.

Alden
03-30-2013, 12:06
As I recall the chap in Alden's avatar was fond of Wild Turkey also.

I did not know Elmer Keith was a Wild Turkey fan.

It figures. The inventor of the .44 magnum. He's my hero.

Alden
03-30-2013, 12:09
Alden

Your signature makes me think of the song "Hemingway's Whiskey" by Kenny Chesney every time I see it. Then I can't get it out of my head.

I'll have to go through Islands in the Stream and type out some of the passages about drinking in a "Hemingway & his Booze" thread. That particular book has gin, beer, or whiskey on about every page.