While the makers of Perky Jerky have been bringing energy-infused strips of beef to those who need a perking up to their meat-chewing experience, fans of turkey jerky have felt a little left out in the cold.
But not anymore. Now there's Turkey Perky Jerky, adding some "uumph" and "aargh" to your gobble gobble.
Just like with its mooo counterparts, Turkey Perky Jerky comes with no MSG, no nitrates, and no preservatives. It relies on Guarana as its energy-inducing ingredient.
Turkey breast, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic powder, pepper, guarana, organic worcestershire sauce.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a good deal of sweet, followed by a light saltiness, and a light tanginess. The soy sauce is lightly noticeable too.
The chewing flavors start with much of the same flavors, but adds a light touch of natural turkey meat. I can also pick up a hint of black pepper.
Considering there's a lot of noticeable sweetness in this, along with a light soy sauce flavor, this jerky seems to come off as a teriyaki variety, and that's what this largely tastes like. It's further enhanced by a light tangy chewing, and a light black peppery bite.
The natural turkey meat flavor is lightly noticeable, offering just enough to give this jerky a meaty flavor.
The level of saltiness in this feels to be at a moderate level, even though the nutrition facts label shows a very low sodium content.
Overall, what you're going to notice in this jerky is something along the lines of a teriyaki flavored jerky, heavier with the sweet, with a light black peppery bite, touches of tanginess, and a light turkey meat flavor.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced thin, and in small sized slabs and shreds.
It's mostly a dry jerky with a lightly sticky surface feel. Some of the shredded pieces feel more soft and moist. It's easy to tear pieces apart, and chewing seems moderately easy.
The chewing texture starts out with a little bit of initial chewing resistance, but easily breaks down with nominal effort. Once chewed down to a soft mass, it tends to feel little mushy, somewhat gummy, and not at all like what you'd expect turkey meat to feel like.
These pieces appear to be pure meat, with no signs of fat, gristle, or other unchewable tissues. I encountered nothing stringy.
In terms of clean eating, I can feel a slight sticky residue on my fingertips, but nothing requiring a licking or wiping before touching my keyboard.
Perky Jerky sells this turkey variety from its website in a box of 12 bags, with each bag sized at 2.2oz, for $59.98. As of this writing, their website did not charge extra for shipping. That comes to an amount of $2.27 per ounce.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the price of $2.27 per ounce, it seems to offer a good value. I'm getting a good deal of snackability for its good overall flavor, easy eating, and good meat consistency. That price is a little higher than other major brands of jerky, but seems to offer a little bit better experience overall.
I'm giving this a good rating.
This turkey variety from Perky Jerky is much like it's beef counterpart, but I seem to recall the beef version to have more tanginess, and a more noticeable worcestershire. Perhaps the physical properties of beef versus turkey causes these flavorings to come out better in the beef. Either way, I found Perky Jerky's beef offering to have more "pop" than this turkey.
Still, it's a very good turkey jerky. It's packed with flavor, mostly as a teriyaki variety with some tanginess and black pepper. It's easy to eat, and it's all meat with no fat or unchewable junk. It also has a little bit of natural turkey meat flavor as well.
The chewing, on the other hand, was unlike eating real turkey meat. It tended to feel gummy or mushy, which is perhaps what happens when dried meat is subjected to so much sugar. But overall, most turkey jerky lovers will appreciate the easy eating and intense flavors of this jerky.
A good beer pairing for this might be a citrusy hefeweizen, such as a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, or a Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat.
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