Wild turkey 101 is made of water grains and yeast. The water used to make Wild Turkey passes through a natural limestone shelf, which filters out impurities and other components that will give the water a metallic taste and thus giving it to the bourbon as well. The water passes straight by the distillery so they made a well right outside the distillery grounds to take advantage of this fresh water source. It is so pure in fact that even the town of Lawrenceburg located their water plant on the distilleries property to use the pure water.
The grains used by wild turkey are rigorously checked for ripeness, purity and humidity. They use corn as the primary grain and most of it is home grown right in Kentucky. They use it because the corn from Lawrenceburg imparts an extremely rich and sweet flavour to the final spirit. The rest of the corn used comes from the Indiana plains and wild Turkeys other grains are also home grown with barley coming from Montana and the rye from North Dakota.
The yeast used in the fermentation process is cultivated at the distillery and the formula for it is a closely guarded secret.
Wild turkey is distilled at a low proof to seal in all the flavours, much like slow cooking some meat in a stew. As Wild Turkey is finished there is little added distilled water and as a result the bourbon is of full flavour.
In the maturation process the bourbon is placed, always, in new white oak barrels and due to the change in temperature during summer and winter in Kentucky, it interacts with the barrels expanding and contracting at a pronounced rate. This hastens up the maturation process of Wild Turkey and improves its quality. The new wood from the barrels means that the bourbon draws a great deal of colour and flavour, with vanilla and caramel being the predominate characteristics. The barrels are hand picked individually and choosing only the most expensive with the heaviest deep-layer char, which lends Wild Turkey its signature flavour and deep russet colour.
It also won a Gold medal at the San Francisco world spirit championship and also got awarded the American tasting award of excellence.
|Brand||Wild Turkey Bourbon|
|Cask Finish||oak cask|