|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.
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.
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 that Wild Turkey flavor 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.
Verdict: 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).