Austin Nichols Distilling Co
To be completely honest, I had no intention of reviewing this Bourbon. It wasn't on my radar and any suggestion would normally be shrugged off as a lower tier bourbon that didn't interest me. In a moment of weakness I told a friend I would do this as my next review. I still consider him a friend but only because I subjected him to Rebecca Black's "Friday" when it was released.
With that disclaimer out of the way, I have to admit that this was much better than I expected. It has a nice vanilla/carmel scent and at 101 proof I was definitely expecting this thing to be packing some heat. You can imagine my surprise when I took my first swallow of this bourbon and it went down smoother than many I have tried. This was followed by 5-10 seconds of me evaluating the taste when the full heat hit me. Breathing became a chore and there is a fire that erupts from your belly up into the chest and into the esophagus. Once you get used to that "holy shit" moment, you begin to appreciate what this bourbon really has to offer. The caramel and vanilla stay with it in the finish where it's joined by a nice cinnamon flavor.
Wild Turkey was definitely better than I expected and I'm glad I had a chance to give it a try. For the record, I gave the remainder of the bottle to my daughter's boyfriend to finish. There are better bourbons out there for me to spend my time with but in a pinch I would drink more Wild Turkey.
Taste: Carmel, Sweet, and when we kiss... FIRE!
Purchase Again: No (unless stranded in a small town and your other options are Beam and Jack)