On our way back home from an unforgettable honeymoon in Charleston late last year, my wife and I stopped in Tallahassee for gas. I remembered reading about a great liquor store in the area, Market Square Liquors. We were nearby and decided to take a quick detour. Whenever I travel, I manage to squeeze in a visit to a liquor store or two. I’m glad I did. There was an impressive wall of bourbon and other whiskies. My eye got drawn to a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 Rye. With rye whisky experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, demand is high. Wild Turkey 101 rye got taken off the market for a while. While their 81 proof rye is available in most places, Wild Turkey’s 101 rye whiskey is currently limited to bars. If that’s true, how did Market Square Liquors have several bottles for purchase? Their bar is connected to their retail store and is owned by the same gentleman. Needless to say I snatched up a bottle of WT 101 rye (also picked up a bottle of Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Seasoned Oak Finish.)
Wild Turkey 101 proof rye whiskey is a blend of 4 and 5 year old whiskey stock. On the nose I get primarily vanilla, honey and rye spice. The flavors don’t differ much – lots of rye spice, honey, light caramel and mint. The finish on this is medium and sweet, think honey for the aftertaste.
This is one of the sweeter rye whiskies I’ve tasted. It’s not as sweet as Angel’s Envy Rye. It holds up nicely in one of my favorite cocktails, the sazerac. I hope Wild Turkey’s supply of 101 rye catches up with the demand soon. A liter bottle will run you just north of $30. If you’re in the market for a rye and run across a bottle, snatch it up quickly.