Thanks for the info, Dawn.
Some WT12 gold foil bottles also have a 2-digit number - presumably a date - stamped into the bottom. For instance, I have a bottle with an "85" stamped on the bottom.
I believe there were actually 2 gold foil versions: one is the "cheesy" gold foil and the other is a "shadow" gold foil, in which the turkey on the label is silhouetted. Oscar (I think) has posted about it.
My WT12 gold foil has a 92 on the bottom and a date of 06/09/94 printed on the neckband. I figure the bottle was made in late 1992 and filled in June 1994!
Ok, so last night happened to be just the night for this experiment.
I got 2 WT shot glasses and poured a 50/50 mix of WTAS/RR101 into one and WT12 (current DF version) into the other.
- Color -
In the photo, the 50/50 mix looks darker, but that is due to their being more in the glass. The Gillmanization was what I would call medium amber and the WT12 was more of a deep copper
- Nose -
I'm not great on tasting notes, but here's what I found:
Nosing the bourbons I found the 12yo heavy char with dry leather and oak.
The mix was very sweet smelling with hints of Maple Syrup and Caramel
- Taste -
WT12 - Lots of oak & dry leather
The mix was awesome - lots of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch before the oak kicks in after about 6 seconds. The oak was not as prominent as the 12yo.
- Finish -
WT12 - dry lingering finish with heavy char
The mix - the sweetness eventually fades to dry leather.
Overall I was much more impressed with the mix, this is a good way to drink Wild Turkey.
I have never been fortunate enough to have any WT12 gold foils or split labels, but I find this current offering less that I would expect from all the good things I hear of it. I would buy RR101 or WTAS over this particular bottle any day, but for $50 duty free you can't go wrong!
Troy, (or anyone on here!) if you are ever in Brisbane feel free to come over for a drink!
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I am at the airport and see a few of the 12 years for 55 bucks. Is it worth pulling the trigger? I have no wtas or rr101 so this will have to do!
That's a fair price, go for it.
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it seems these are the kinds of things i need to save my money for...