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This is a single barrel from the Kentucky Spirit line of expressions from Wild Turkey, selected by Raised by Wolves in San Diego. Bottled on 9/18/17, barrel #17-0528, aged in Warehouse D, Rick 5. Stock image. It's been a hot minute since I've had a WTKS, so let's get to it.
Sweet buttered biscuits, rich toffee and caramel. Quite a bit of old tobacco, rich pepper. There’s an old, almost dusty, note that really lends a ton of richness to the nose. Whoah.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Orange peel, toffee, pepper, some faint must. Oak is present, and it’s bold, which doesn’t particularly surprise me given the really “old” notes on the nose. Heat is a bit up in your grille, but not punishing.
Medium in length, much hotter here. Orange peel, toffee, pepper and some clove. Much hotter here, far less rich.
Man, the nose on this was sublime. Unfortunately, the youth and some rougher notes showed up in the palate and cruised their way into the finish too. It’s a shame, but at the end of the day, this is still a very good bourbon. I can’t say I’ve had many modern Kentucky Spirit that really get me going, and I thought this was for sure going to be the golden goose, but some turbulence keeps us from really snagging that title here.