Good Christmas Eve morning! This year I’m taking a break from my usual weekly blog post to spend a little more holiday time with my family. But I won’t be taking a break from writing or reviewing Turkey entirely. I’ll continue to post to Patreon (maybe film a livestream as well), so if you haven’t taken a minute to check out that site, please do. There’s plenty of content to keep you busy over the next week (including a comparison of a Lincoln Road Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel to a recent 1789b Weller Full Proof selection).
Before signing off, I’d like to wish you all a safe and happy holidays and thank you for your readership. 2019 has been an incredible year and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without your interest and support. I appreciate everyone taking the time to read, follow, comment, and share, and look forward to providing even more posts in 2020.
Happy Holidays. I am a new bourbon drinker. My first was WT101 this spring. I am a 49 year old sole provider and live paycheck to paycheck providing for my family of a wife and couple kids. I’ve always been an IPA beer guy and never considered bourbon.
My first sips of WT 101 were mixed. My taste buds were not used to it. I was still interested as I knew this was a long cherished tradition of sipping bourbon. So I kept drinking. I went from a 50ml sample to a fifth. My appreciation for WT101 continued to grow more and more with each drink. I learned how to savor it. I mainly drink it neat or with a splash of water or a cube depending on the mood.
I have tried some other bourbons in the same price range but none of them have the complexity or taste I have grown to love on WT101. Here in Seattle we have ridiculously high liquor taxes so I cannot afford anything over WT101. Even this is a stretch for my budget. I do drink two drams a night, sometimes three on weekends. I would love to try Rare Breed or others in the WT line up but it’s just not possible. Maybe one day. I am just thrilled WT101 is so well respected and a drink I can enjoy every day.
I enjoy reading your reviews and appreciate your enthusiasm for Wild Turkey. I’ve watched all the official YouTube videos from WT and am happy with what a great family tradition the distillery is founded on. I look forward to learning more from your blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you so much for sharing this, Michial. Without doubt, Wild Turkey is the everyman’s champion. So much integrity and flavor in an affordable offering. You hit the nail on the head. It must be tough as a sole provider, so I can understand the need for a budget pour. Might I recommend Russell’s Reserve 10-year for an occasional splurge (should you have the ability)? It won in a blind tasting over 101 last night (and three other bourbons), which in some ways surprised me. I think you’ll find it’s worth every penny of $30 (should you find it priced appropriately). Cheers and Happy New Year to you!