WASHINGTON, February 1, 2014 — Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon, because … why not? It is not as if I have a lot of variety to choose from when it comes to bottles under $25. You know Evan Williams can vary from terrible to not so terrible, you know that Jack Daniels and Jim Beach are overpriced like a Budweiser at the airport bar. And you know that Sam Houston is amazing.
So tonight, because why not, I bring you my review of Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon.
I have never heard the term “Spiced Bourbon” before. To tell you the truth at first I thought I was a trick. Was this a rum that somehow found its way to the bourbon section? The word “spiced” in conjunction with the word “bourbon” was a concept most alien to me. It was in tune with concepts such as “non-alcoholic beer” and “non-fat biscuits and gravy.”
But it surprised me. It truly did. Having thought it was rum trying to act as if it had decided to step up a weight class or two, and because I had never heard of “spiced” bourbon, I didn’t think of it as anything more than a novelty. But it doesn’t fit that category at all.
Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon is an 86 proof, smooth tasting whiskey that has the potential to get the better of you before you realize that standing is probably not the best decision, and half of the bottle is gone.
The only way I can describe Wild Turkey Spiced is as an “island bourbon,” if there ever was such a thing. It is light, but it swishes around your glass like a heavy bourbon, and it is incredibly drinkable. It hits the gates smooth, but burns comfortably all the way down.
Wild Turkey Spiced is nothing special, but while I expected something a little truer to the name, it was surprisingly pleasant to drink. It is not oppressive. You won’t be cringing or exhaling with every sip or shot.
In a nutshell; if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, go for it. It’s under $20 and gets you to the same place we all want to go. It tastes good, and it’s inexpensive. If you wanted more in your review or your whiskey you’re in the wrong place and I question your judgment as a person.
In a few words? Worth buying for the try.
Until next time, bottoms up.