Rare Bird 101

Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey Info, Reviews, and Musings

Rare Bird 101

RB101 About

Welcome.  This site is dedicated to arguably the finest American Whiskey ever crafted, Wild Turkey.  I say this often, but if bourbon is America’s Spirit, then Wild Turkey is about as American as it gets.  Its roots go way back to 1855, but the true heart and soul of this bourbon rests in the hands of the Russell family.  Since 1954, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has consistently raised the standards of what a working man’s bourbon should be.  Along with his son, Master Distiller Eddie Russell, the Wild Turkey Distilling Company continues its legacy of quality whiskey production.  No matter where you travel, you will almost always find Wild Turkey in some shape or form.  It’s affordable, versatile, and above all, absolutely delicious.

I hope you enjoy the Rare Bird 101 blog.  I’ll strive to keep it updated as often as possible as I try new bottles or samples, or in the event of news from the distillery.  Important – please note that the reviews posted here are of my own opinion.  I am not employed by Wild Turkey or its parent company, Campari.  In fact, I don’t work in the beverage industry all.  Typically, the bottles reviewed are purchased with my own funds, and the samples I review come from friends, family, and associates.  In the event I receive promotional samples from Wild Turkey or Campari, I will make certain to note the corresponding review as such.  I welcome your comments and hope you enjoy reading.  Thank you.

~ The Rare Bird ~


My Rating Scale

A = Excellent (highly recommended)
B = Very good (recommended)
C = Average (typical straight whiskey)
D = Below average (not recommended)
F = Failure (avoid)


Abbreviations

BD – Beyond Duplication (101 12-year bourbon)
BiB – Bottled-in-Bond
B&L – Bond & Lillard
CGF – “Cheesy Gold Foil” (101 12-year bourbon)
KSBW – Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey
KSRW – Kentucky straight rye whiskey
MK – Master’s Keep
RB – Rare Breed
RR – Russell’s Reserve
RR10 – Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon
RRSiB – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
SBS – “side-by-side” (used with comparisons)
SiB – single barrel
SmB – small batch
WB – Whiskey Barons
WT – Wild Turkey
WT 101/8 – Wild Turkey 101 8-year
WT 101/12 – Wild Turkey 101 12-year
WTKS – Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit


Disclaimer

This blog is intended for readers of legal drinking age only. Please enjoy your whiskey responsibly.