Wild Turkey 81 Vs. Wild Turkey 101


Every now and again, on https://www.hotukdeals.com people moan when the 81 comes up as being on special offer, but how the 101 isn’t, so when the 101 was available for £25 I thought I’d give it a go, as a lot of people say it’s better.

So, what’s the difference? Well the 81 is 81 proof, which is 40.5% alcohol, while the 101 is an eye watering 101 proof, 50.5%, and yes, you can tell the difference straight away, and feel the effects the following morning!

The extra alcohol hits you straight away, you can tell this is a stronger drink, this will put hairs on your chest 🙂

When drunk neat, it’s for sipping. With a mixer, it still tastes strong, it didn’t really work for me with coke, better with a large lump of ice to slowly melt and water it down!

The taste is similar, more treacle than the normal 81, less honey, same pear and spice, and much more of a kick, nowhere near as smooth. Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack retain some smoothness with a little extra alcohol content, but the extra alcohol here removes all the smoothness of the 81 entirely 😦


I won’t buy it again, sadly I didn’t enjoy it too much.

Wild Turkey 81 Vs. Wild Turkey 101

Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky


I won’t pretend to know enough about whisky to guess at who makes this whisky, I’ll leave that to other sites, but what I do know, that for £25 it’s very reasonably priced. Both this and the Highland occasionally get reduced to £20 making them even more of a bargain than they already are!

A very nice balance of fruit and spice, hint of honey, nothing too overpowering, not too sweet, there’s a nice amount of burn, and the taste lingers. The back of the bottle says “and a gentle depth of peat smoke enhanced by maturation”, I only noticed the peat just after I read that and was looking for it, which for me is a good thing, I’m not a fan of peated whisky, so don’t let that influence you either way!

Well worth buying again, you can buy worse, for more money, this is definitely one of my favourites now.

Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Buffalo Trace Vs. Wild Turkey

The Buffalo Trace was reduced this time round in the supermarket, again from £23 to £15, and gives an equal rival to Wild Turkey. It’s not the same, but is similar. Again it’s smooth, sweet, probably more pear to it with spice, but again no particularly overpowering taste, which is a good thing in my book. Buffalo Trace also a hint of honey, Wild Turkey more syrup perhaps? Neither are overly sweet, the spice gives the right balance.

Like Wild Turkey, it’s versatile, you can drink neat, on the rocks, do a shot, or with a mixer, it’s good however you take it 🙂

Also like Wild Turkey, I’d happily buy this again, or order in a bar, drink round a friend’s house etc.

I prefer Wild Turkey to Buffalo Trace. I’m not saying it’s better, just more to my liking, I certainly prefer both of these to Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam. Gentleman Jack is a bit nicer in my opinion than either as it’s smoother, but not worth the extra cost.

Buffalo Trace Vs. Wild Turkey

Jameson Irish Whiskey

The last Irish Whiskey I tried was Bushmill’s, I wasn’t impressed, a friend had recommended it, as a sweeter alternative to Scotch Whisky, and it put me off.

At work today, we were talking about whisky and whiskey, and a colleague said he likes Jameson, which is available in most supermarkets, often on a special offer, but I had never tried it.

As it happens a 1/2 bottle is on special offer at the moment, for £10 in Sainsbury’s and Tesco, so I thought I’d give it a shot, as I’d rather buy a 1/2 bottle on a whim to try than a full bottle as that gives you plenty to experiment with 😃

I like this a lot more than Bushmill’s. I’m not sure I’ll buy it again, neat, it’s smooth, and sweet, and has no distinguishing flavours as such, but has a bit of a funny aftertaste, so at first seems very nice, but after you’ve had a few isn’t so nice. Ice didn’t help, if anything that exaggerated the aftertaste 😔

So another to add to the list of drinks I’d drink if offered at a friend’s, but wouldn’t buy by choice.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Wild Turkey

Well this is a pleasant surprise, again, special offer, and definitely one of the best value for money drinks I’ve had, down to £15 from £23. This is a good drink, would be happy with it at £23, so when it’s £15 it’s a real bargain, excellent value for money. Quite a smooth, sweet, vanilla bourbon. It often goes down to this price, so would be silly to pay more. It’s versatile as well, at this price, you can drink it with a mixer if you need a “long” drink, or you can down a shot of it, if in the mood, or if you’d prefer you can sip and enjoy it.

This is a prime example of why Scotch single malt whisky sales are falling. “Good” whisky sometimes gets reduced to £20-£25, which is more than the rrp of this bourbon  which the supermarkets like, as it’s more profitable, so it must be mass produced on a much larger scale for them to discount so frequently, and still make a profit.

But at the end of the day, with only limited funds available, you can buy a really nice drink for £15 a bottle. Is a single malt, costing nearly double the price, twice as nice? That’s personal opinion, but as I’m enjoying these bourbons, it seems that they’ll become my normal drink, and the single malts will only be bought with birthday and Christmas money 😦

Wild Turkey

Woodford Reserve

I bought this the same day as the Gentleman Jack, again large discount (£10) in the supermarket was all the incentive I needed to give it a go, it’s been on my wish list for a while 😃
It’s similar to Gentleman Jack, it’s a very sweet, smooth, mellow whiskey, vanilla, caramel, spice. Again, it’s a good whiskey to drink neat, one sip at a time to enjoy the flavour, don’t want to ruin it with coke or any other mixer.
But there’s the problem, it’s perhaps too mellow! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice drink, and you do feel the 43.2% kick rather than 40%, the taste lingers that little bit longer, but there’s not much real flavour to it, you have to concentrate on it while drinking it. It’s kind of forgettable. I prefer Gentleman Jack, that has a more lasting flavour to it.
I did try Woodford Reserve with Coke, and also with lemonade (both 1 part spirit, 2 parts mixer) and it was a waste, with it being so mellow, the flavour was lost.
It’s a nice drink, but in short I really don’t think it’s worth the extra money over Bulleit, although I think it’s nicer than Bulleit Rye.
So my “league table” so far of American Whiskey/bourbon:
1) Gentleman Jack
2) Bulleit
3) Woodford Reserve
4) Bulleit Rye
5) Jack Daniels
The first 3 I’ll buy again, as I enjoyed them neat, Bulleit is better value for money, but I’d buy Gentlemen Jack again when on special offer. The last two, I wouldn’t buy again, I’d drink either if out with Coke, but they wouldn’t be my first choice of drink.
Woodford Reserve