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    My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    My Department Chairperson and friend; a highly refined, educated man of fine tastes has been trying to influence me toward supping Single Malt Scotches. In return, I have been retorting with my tastes for Bourbons of all types. More importantly, we have been revealing our local super-secret suppliers of our favored liquors. My esteemed colleague recently directed me to a seller of Scotches in the local area to examine their selection and perhaps purchase one to further his temptations away from my native drink to those of the Picts. I drove there after work, on my way to evening classes and was very impressed by their selection of Scotches. I was even more impressed, though, by their selection of Bourbons and excellent prices on their sale items. Neglecting the advice to purchase a Scotch, I was wavered toward their sale of Wild Turkey 101 in the 1.75 bottle for $23. I could not walk away from a sale so generous so I took two home. Indeed, I would have taken more home if I had the cash to do so.

    Well, it has been some time since I have taken any Wild Turkey 101 into glass. I consider Wild Turkey 101 proof to be the archetypal American Bourbon; made the strength of our forefathers and with the wonderful sour mash and corn odors that perfume the room with their honest, straightforward, no nonsense permutations and a taste the runs from sweet to peppery. It has just enough rough edges to bring to mind Fredrick Jackson Turners "Frontier Theory" and just enough aftertaste to remind of of the richness of the Kentucky hills and lushly wooded Appalachian mountains of its origin.

    I have been drinking so many highly refined Bourbons of late that I have come to neglect and thus forget the pleasure of the bite and rasp of what is one of the great, albeit pedestrian Whiskeys of our time. Perhaps it is that essential Americanism of my persona but I like a Whiskey that can stand up to a mixer, can be drunk neat or with ice and still delivers on the goods, at 101 proof for a reasonable price. The fact that this Whiskey is available all over North America, without the bother of hunting and delving into stores or Internet to hunt it down is a massive plus.

    I am sorry to report that I burst the excitement of my esteemed friend when I mentioned to him that I visited his select shop but walked away with, what he referred to as "...pedestrian Bourbon and branch drinking liquor that can be found anywhere..." We had a good laugh at my expense as I reckon he is right. I can find pleasure in the lowest Bourbon and joy in the best there is to offer but I am most comfortable in the middle of road most of the time. Now to go back and get the rest of those 1.75 bottles to add to my stash!
    Last edited by MJL; 09-06-2008 at 07:21.

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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    Sir, I concur.
    I always have a WT101 available, nothing delivers like a bird on the rocks.
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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    I disagree on the other side of the matter. WT101 is perfectly good bourbon, even well above average. No one should ever look down their nose at it.

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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    I agree also. Wild Turkey 101 has been my go-to bourbon for a long time. It is quintessential american whiskey IMO.
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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    Even though two of my meds come with a warning not to consume alchohol, I cheat once or twice a month. Drinking so infrequently allows me complete freedom to choose from among about 30 open bottles; at that rate a bottle of, say, Kentucky Spirit would last almost a year.

    Surprisingly WT 101 still keeps its place in the rotation. The only difference now is that I'm more likely than before to add water or ice. As an infrequent pour WT 101 can be overpowering to my taste buds.

    I don't know whether to cheer or cry at the price you mentioned. That's about what a 750 costs here in The Outback of central Arizona.

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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    Dave,

    The regular price for this product is $35 for he 1.75 bottle so you can imagine my haste to abandon my plans to purchase a single malt Scotch and pick these bottles up. The last I saw there were one two bottles left in the store that, barring a hurricane on Monday, I am likely to claim as my own as well. The store these were selling at has GOOD sale prices! I reckon they shall now be on my regular stores to visit while I make my rounds around town.

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    Thumbs up Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    Isn't that one of the great "discoveries" that our little world of Bourbonia offers? Hunt far and wide, and spend way too much money on the super-premiums, only to rediscover one of the old regulars, and how really, really good it is. One of life's simple pleasures. Good for you, MJ.



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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    Whenever we go to a party, I tote along a pint of WT101 as my contribution to the fun. It's a great all purpose bourbon, IMHO. It's great straight up, over ice and it has enough balls to stand up to cola.

    I'm insanely jealous about that price.
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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    I use Everclear to clean my pipes and I cannot find that gut rot for that cheap. The more I think about bunkering in a few more of those Wild Turkey bottles at that price the more I reckon it will happen.

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    Re: My Pedestrian Tastes: Wild Turkey 101 Just Fine For Me!

    The current 101 is OK (up there with some of the best bourbons for the $$$), but even compaired to the early 90s version it is remarkable less "good" The early 1990 Old number 8s are crazy good and can still be found.

 

 

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