Who makes it? Wild Turkey Distillery
Mash Bill: ? 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley
We break out the bottle from our “One Year Party with the Krew” and give it go. Erik brings a surprise to go up against Rare Breed but gets punched in the mouth. Kris talks about how Wild Turkey got its name and the 17,000 barrels that went up in flames because of a gender reveal party. Kris tasted dark cherry with leathery notes and sour on the finish when ice added. Erik could taste tobacco, dark cherry and said this is the whiskey he’d pick for a biker.
Kris gave it 7
Erik gave it 6
How much: This will run you about 40 – 55 dollars
Wild Turkey get it’s name from an Austin Nichols executive that took the best samples in the warehouse on a wild turkey hunt and everyone loved it. Asking on the next hunt if Tom brought any of that wild turkey bourbon. Two years later, it was bottled and sold as Wild Turkey Bourbon and has been a mainstay ever since.
Who makes it? Old Mr. Boston Distilleries
Mash Bill: ? Aged 8.3 years or 100 months
We get a hold of this 44 year old bourbon from Andy “Conman” Conley whose mom scored two full sealed bottles at an estate sale in Georgia. Sampling this sweet amber liquid Kris found that the nose was very strong, smelled of alcohol overpowered the sweet and spices until the ice cube was added. Erik had a similar take with the added smell of glue. On the finish Kris found that it more appealing than the nose but on a whole not overly impressed while Erik thought the same but was less enthused by the finish. At the end of this review Erik goes on a rant about Crown Peach that is hilarious.
Kris gave it 5.0
Erik gave it 4.5
How much: Good luck finding a full bottle but… it last sold in 2013 overseas for $32.00
A little history: Old Mr. Boston was founded by Irwin Benjamin and Hyman Berkowitz in 1933. Not only did the produce the whiskey but many cordials, liqueurs, gin, rum and brandies. They also created the Old Mr. Boston Bartenders Guide in 1935 that had hundreds of drink combinations and quickly became a staple in bars across the country. Back then it sold for 50 cents and also contained ads for Old Mr. Boston which served as a great marketing tool. In the 50’s and later they were known for collectible decanters such as the Freedom Bell, Paul Bunyan, Paul Revere, Polish Horse mounted legionaire, camels, trains, cars and sailboats. Glenmore Distillers bought the company in the late 60’s but by 1986 closed it doors on 1010 Massachusets Ave. and the state took over the massive building. In 1995 Sazerac bought the rights to Old Mr. Boston changing it to Mr. Boston and continues to put out liqueurs, cordials, mixers, bourbon, gin and brandy in that name.