Wild Turkey Decades Review – Is This The Bourbon You’re Looking For?

Wild Turkey Decades Review – Is This The Bourbon You’re Looking For?

There are some days when it’s nice to just kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice glass of your favorite bourbon. Whether you like it neat or mixed with some sweet tea (don’t knock it til you try it), there’s something about bourbon that helps take the edge off.

Chances are good that you already have a preferred bourbon, but did you know that there are new and exciting blends and flavors regularly entering the market? One great example of this is Wild Turkey’s Decades bourbon.

This interesting bourbon comes from one of the oldest distilleries in the United States, so we want to give it the attention it deserves. But before we get nose deep into the decades offering from Wild Turkey, let’s take a moment and discuss what makes it a bourbon.

What Makes It a Bourbon?

It took me a while to figure it out, but there are important distinctions between bourbon and whiskey. Something worth knowing is that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

Is Wild Turkey a whiskey or a bourbon?

A little bit of both, actually. Wild Turkey is a straight bourbon whiskey, made in Kentucky and bottled by the Wild Turkey Distilling company. The Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. If you don’t know what that is, you need to check it out.

Is it okay to drink bourbon straight?

You can drink your bourbon however you want, but most people drink it either blended or straight. For the purists out there that like to appreciate the bourbon on its own, the best way to drink it is neat. This means you’re drinking it without ice and at room temperature.

How should I drink Wild Turkey?

There are several ways to drink Wild Turkey bourbon, but here are a few you might consider:
On the rocks (ice)
With water
With ginger ale
With club soda


If Wild Turkey just isn’t your thing, there are plenty of options on the market. Here are some of our favorite alternative bourbons.

Maker’s Mark – Best to Drink While Eating BBQ

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If you’re a meat-eater, then you may know how tough it is to find a good drink that doesn’t drown out the flavor of your meat. That’s where Maker’s Mark comes in. This 90 proof bourbon offers a mellow balance with a prominent caramel flavor.

The nose consists of chocolate, corn, coffee, and dried apricot, while the palate will leave you with hints of caramel-apple, pumpkin pie, and bread pudding.

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  • Justin Caldwell

    Justin's love for whiskey began when a good friend of his introduced him to Crown Royal. It blossomed when he attended the Kentucky Derby in 2005, partaking in his first mint julep and touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Even though he is partial to his favorite - Woodford Reserve - he appreciates many different types of whiskeys and bourbons.