By Brandon Chuang
on 6.25.12
Photo by Wild Turkey

For many of us, 101 proof alcohols conjure up fuzzy memories of enflamed shot glasses and, well, not much else. For the now more responsible — and presumably with better taste — the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery famed for its high-proof whiskeys, has released Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof.

Aged for 4–5 years in “alligator” char barrels, Wild Turkey’s newest addition is a sweet, slightly spicy rye whiskey, with notes of apple, cherry, vanilla and cinnamon throughout, and an earthy finish. And whether or not that means much to you, one thing’s for certain: it’s a lot harder to light on fire.

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