Wild Turkey Rye
Wild Turkey // Kentucky, USA
This 81-proof bottling was released in early 2012, in part to stretch their rye stock from running completely out as the 101-proof had been embraced and bought up by bartenders for classic cocktails. This blend of 4-5 year olds keeps the crisp, brightness of a mash-forward bottling while still being in the barrel long enough for the char #4 to do its job. This rye holds up to cocktails, but is good enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks (for those who are used to a bit more heat and spice). Its label and packaging was redesigned in September 2016.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The aroma is full of rye spice, rye bread, rye-covered honey (did we mention rye?) In addition, bits of mint and fresh-cut wood are found. The palate has a more intense rye, mint with honey, and summer fruits. The finish is long, hot and robust with the rye grain flavor (go figure), cinnamon, and oak."