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  1. #11
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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Sad but true. The best (or very nearly the best) WT I've ever had was the WT12 Gold Foil (I didn't say "cheesy" to avoid irking certain parties) and I'm down to the last quarter of the only bottle I've ever owned (or ever seen, for that matter). I'd buy it by the case if I could. Same goes for the dusty 8.
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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
    Sad but true. The best (or very nearly the best) WT I've ever had was the WT12 Gold Foil (I didn't say "cheesy" to avoid irking certain parties) and I'm down to the last quarter of the only bottle I've ever owned (or ever seen, for that matter). I'd buy it by the case if I could. Same goes for the dusty 8.
    I have 2 rules on this site. Don't irk the Boss, and don't irk Oscar. Anyone else....

    And if you ever get up to this state again, I'll pour you a deep glass of WT12 while we spin some Son House.

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    I'd have the rank the 12 yr as the best Wild Turkey expression I've had, or at least I enjoyed it the most.

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
    (I didn't say "cheesy" to avoid irking certain parties)
    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    I have 2 rules on this site. Don't irk the Boss, and don't irk Oscar.
    I gotta be more careful, I didn't realize that people actually read my posts.
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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    I worked on a WT 8 export last Fall. I found it to be a excellent bourbon. A nice battle between sweetness and spicyness, with the sweetness coming out on top. I recently had a pour of the WT 101 NAS at an airport bar. I found it to be a decent pour. Hints of vanilla, spice & caramel... However, it lacked the depth and complextity that was present in the 8 year old export. The 8 year was also just $29.95 for a liter bottle, making it an exceptional value. I hope to bunker more of the 8 year export via a friend's travels later this year. Although I enjoyed the recent pour of 101, I still have no desire to add the current NAS into the rotation. I do like the new RRSB. However, for the price, I think I would rather have 2 bottles of the 8 year export.

    As far as the best Turkey that I have ever had, I would have to say that Rare Breed W-T-02-91 at 110 proof is my favorite WT expression. Followed by 2005's Tribute and WTKS September 2003 ST. I also enjoy WT 12, but I haven't opened a bottle in quit some time.

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Lifted from an online sellers spiel on the WT8 export. The bold highlight is mine...

    Matured for eight years (considered the optimum period for bourbon) in new charred oak barrels, this is the original Wild Turkey style as made by the companies founders, the Ripy Family. The Ripy house style was selected out of 400 to represent Kentucky at the World Fair in 1893. Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell (with more than thirty years of service) now overlooks operations. His 8 y.o. uses a lower proportion of corn and more wheat to produce an exceptionally smooth taste. As many competitors distill at higher (and less expensive) proofs, they must add water to bring down the proof of their bourbons. Wild Turkey, on the other hand, comes out of the barrel at about 109 allowing our distiller to add little water and retain the true characteristics of the bourbon flavour. Wild Turkey is put into the barrel at a lower (and more expensive) proof. Jimmy Russell likens it to making a great soup; if you cook it longer at a lower temperature, you retain the best flavours.
    Damn tricksy them Russell boys. Had me hoodwinked for years! WT8 export is a wheater!

    I was gutted when the WT8 export became unavailable here in Oz. It is apparently not available via duty free channels here now either. Echoing another poster the 8 year has a sweetness that holds it's own against the typical Turkey spice and actually comes out on top with notes of brown sugar and caramel. The thing I miss the most about this bottling is a butteryness that you get through the mouthfeel. It's a whiskey you can chew on.

    I've seen it posted here many times that the US market 8YO of yesteryear leaves the export in its dust. That Turkey once produced such a quality in their mass market flagship is both astounding and saddening in how far they have fallen with the 101 NAS.
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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Guess we should just shut up and buy what we're told Morgan, they really know what's best for us.

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    That's a very good idea and if they did that I'd be road-tripping to KY more often.

    I actually emailed Wild Turkey yesterday requesting that they make the 8 and 12 year available in their distillery gift shop. We should start a grassroots campaign to get at least some domestic access to these export only expressions.

    Who's with me

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    I'd like to know if they email you back.

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    Re: Let's talk Turkey: Exports vs NA

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    I have 2 rules on this site. Don't irk the Boss, and don't irk Oscar. Anyone else....

    And if you ever get up to this state again, I'll pour you a deep glass of WT12 while we spin some Son House.
    Whiskey and Son House? That's a deadly combo but I'm up for it. You may regret makin' that offer when you're staring at that empty bottle the next morning.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

 

 

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