Every aging whiskey reaches its apex at some point in time. There’s no precise formula as countless variables are at play – location, duration, temperature, airflow, moisture, among others. When it comes to Wild Turkey’s 2009 distillate (some of the last produced at the old Ripy Brothers distillery), barrels destined for the fifth and sixth floors of Camp Nelson’s rickhouse F would blossom as remarkable bourbon by their debut in late 2018.
The following year, Camp Nelson F barrels had hit their stride – so much and so often, there was inevitably “Camp Nelson fatigue.” As in love as I may have been with the CNF profile in 2019, I’ll admit I was longing for a Tyrone-aged contrast. That chance would arrive in 2020; however, with CNF barrels remaining in Wild Turkey’s single barrel program – ten years aged, no less – they swiftly garnered rejuvenated attention. I mean, who wouldn’t want ten-year NCF Wild Turkey at 110 proof?
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