This is the third 1970’s decanter that I’ve blogged about in the past year or so, and the last two were not very good. The first one was terrible, but that was probably because the cork was broken and was leaking the past decade or two. The last one was drinkable, but nothing spectacular. The expectations were sufficiently low for this one.
This decanter is a Wild Turkey 101, 8 year old 4/5 quart Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, made by Austin Nichols. This is a limited edition decanter series, this is the 6th in the series. I got this in the original box from the basement of a liquor store that shut down over a year ago. The dust you can see on the top of the box is original dust from the store in the basement… talk about legit.
When removing the turkey head off the bottle, the cork cracked in half, but it was definitely sealed for the last 40 years so the chance of it being good was ok.
Dark amber color…. the nose it muted, a little musy and charcoaly, but not getting much spice or sweetness.
The taste however, it much better than the nose. The heat is coming through nicely, warming my throat, but I’m getting pepper spices and some cinnamon as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too bad. The first sit was the best, and after it was in the glass for an hour, it lost some of it’s initial pop. I’m hoping that won’t be the case for the rest of the bottle I poured it into.
I’ll be honest… this is better than I expected. Very drinkable, and I probably will keep drinking it over the next few months and if there are any significant changes, I will provide an update to this blog. 80/100