New Bourbon Added: Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

Name: Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Distiller: Austin Nichols
Type: High-Rye
Color: Amber
Proof: 101
Age: 12 Years
Price: $50


About: The Dirty Bird…The Screaming Eagle… The Kicking Chicken… The flagship Wild Turkey Whiskey has been acclaimed in movie and song for its bad-boy ways, and has enough nicknames to fill a small phonebook. But we were impressed with its lesser-known cousin, Kentucky Spirit, which shares the same 101-proof strength. The Kentucky product has some similarities to Blanton’s: it’s a single barrel Bourbon which bears the number of the barrel, warehouse and even the rick (barrel shelf) where it was stored on each distinctive bottle. Legend has it that Master Distiller and Bourbon Guru Jimmy Russell, who has worked for the distillery since 1954, personally selects the barrels that will be used in the specialty product.

There’s brown sugar and nutmeg on the nose, citrus on the palate, and a zesty finish. But what makes Kentucky Spirit truly stand out is its viscosity; one sip of this amber potion and our lips are coated with sweet goodness. Hirsute men should prepare for sweet and sticky mustaches.