Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wild Turkey Rye.............

As several of us on Straightbourbon have found out, Wild Turkey is going to be releasing a new version of the famous 101 rye- called 81 rye. Yes, 81 proof. Yuck. Seriously. Why? My first thought was maybe the love loads of hate mail, but that certainly can't be it. See, rye is gaining popularity as people look for something that has a strong flavor. Wild Turkey is running in short supply of their rye, so to get 20% more out of each barrel, they are cutting the proof down to a childish 81. The 101 rye will still live on, but in obscurity and in very, very limited supply. The watered-down rye will now be the main rye Wild Turkey makes. Needless to say, I don't plan on drinking this watered-down excuse of a whiskey, so I've been steadily stocking up on the 101 rye before it disappears off the State Store shelves. The name has already been changed on the PLCB lists so it's only a matter of time until the 81 appears. I'm sitting on a good 15 bottles, so that should hold me over until I can find more 101 rye in the future. With the new distillery up and running, Wild Turkey has much more capacity. I expect down the road a few years the tight supply of rye will loosen and the 101 rye to become more prevalent again. Until then, I've got my stash to weather the lean years with!

To follow the Wild Turkey 101/81 saga, click here: Wild Turkey Rye 81


  1. I completely agree with EVERTHING you have said! I rang the distillery and the reason given to me for the water befowling this fantastic sipping product was the same, due to popularity they couldn't continue supply without watering down, I too have been frantically driving all over town (in Australia!) and have managed to secure 2 sealled cartons and six loose bottles, so far, as I will not be buying the 82 proof, no way, and I wrote that in short but sweet letter to Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey's Master Distiller) I await his reply, and hope with baited breath on the return of the awsome product!

    Dinkum Aussie

  2. Wild Turkey has made a COLA application for a new 101 rye label (Every label must be approved by the government before it is allowed to be used!). There is rumor that it may return this fall. If it does, I plan on making a post on here as it is very important to me and quite a few other rye fans.