An export-only release at this time, Wild Turkey's 12 Year, 101-proof release is an enviable combination of age, proof and price for the brand. Can it top the 13- and 8-year releases of the past? Let's dive in.
Impressively rich on the nose and full of maple, brown sugar and rich toffee, with a hint of brown butter, cinnamon roll and some sweet oak.
Moderate on the palate at first, this release grows viscous and sticky with no time at all. Tannin and richness offset the moderately "low" proof - this is 101 proof but drinks as rich as pours of far greater proofs. Full of brown butter, toffee, honey, rich tobacco, a touch of anise, and fig, cinnamon roll and a hint of funk.
Long finish, this may just be the best part. It's a hefty finish full of maple, brown butter and cinnamon bun straight from the oven, blending perfectly with some sweet oak and a faint — ever so faint — dash of pepper.
This is easily one of Turkey's best releases in years. Available a touch more easily than Russell's Reserve 13 thanks to some vendors in the U.S., this export release is a gem in Wild Turkey's troubled crown of gems and gravel stones alike.