Wild Turkey isn’t a brand typically associated with lower-proof whiskeys. While I’ve seen 86.8-proof labels going back to the 1960s, and various 80-proof labels up through 2010, they’re not what the brand is primarily known for. That doesn’t mean Wild Turkey can’t shine sub-100 proof. It can and does, expression depending. In fact, there’s more sub-100-proof Turkeys than many enthusiasts probably realize, especially when export and travel-retail bottlings are thrown in the mix.
While it’s not difficult to find lower-proof Wild Turkey expressions – the 81-proof bourbon, Longbranch, and Russell’s Reserve Six-Year Rye, are practically everywhere – finding ones that satisfy a diehard enthusiast’s palate isn’t exactly a walk in the park. The key is knowing where to start and why you’re starting there to begin with. Taking that into consideration, I thought I’d share my favorite sub-100-proof Wild Turkey whiskeys to date.
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