|Proof:||101 (50.5% ABV)|
This is the youngest Wild Turkey bottling to bear an age statement. In terms of age, it sits between Wild Turkey 101 and Wild Turkey 12 Year. Wild Turkey 101, though it doesn't bear an age statement, is a blend of 6-8 year whiskey. This means that the Wild Turkey 8-year shouldn't be substantially different from the 101.
In the past, Wild Turkey 8 year was available in the US. Over time, however, the age statement disappeared. At first, it was replaced with the phrase "No. 8," but this phase eventually disappeared as well. Japanese consumers place a strong emphasis on age statements, however, so this expression has remained available in the US even after disappearing from shelves in the US.
At half the price of the Wild Turkey 12 Year, however, you would expect that it won't be quite as good (and you'd be right). It's got all the flavors that make the 12 Year great, but those extra four years really calm down these flavors so that they're working in unison and not fighting for your attention. That's not to say that the 8 Year is bad. It's a pretty good whiskey for a pretty good price, it's just somewhat of a let down considering how amazing the 12 Year is.
Looking at the glass, the color is a tawny brown. Enough light shines through to betray the fact that flavors will not be particularly decadent. About what you would expect from an 8 year bourbon.
Right off the bat there is a lot of wood flavor vying for your attention along with the 50.5% of the bourbon that consists of alcohol. Once those two settle in you get those classic caramel and vanilla flavors of the Wild Turkey taste profile that you know and love with a little bit more wood. All in all, it is more similar Wild Turkey 101 than the 12 Year, which is to be expected given that similarity in both age and price point.
Verdict: A good bourbon, but there are much better exclusives to the Japanese market. If you are a Wild Turkey fan, consider picking one of these up if you can't find the 12 year (now that it is out of production).