Damn this is good. It’s so far above the Wild Turkey 81 that it’s on a totally different planet. Which, this being about 3x the price of Wild Turkey’s entry level bourbon, you hope it would be. But what exactly does it take to create a bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed? Well besides needing to be named Jimmy Russel you would need to head out into the Wild Turkey rick house and grab barrels of 6, 8 and 12 year old stocks and then artfully blend them together. Once you do that you’ll have yourself a delicious batch of Rare Breed.
This is a truly stellar bourbon that deserves it’s place in the pantheon of premium bourbons. It’s balanced, rich in flavor, about as easy to sip as bourbon gets while retaining a very strong presence on the palate. It’s not something I would put in a cocktail simply because I like drinking it neat too much, but I could see it making a great Manhattan or Old Fashioned making it truly versatile. It’s a fantastic daily drinker with all of the rich flavor complexity you’d expect in world-class bourbon and I simply love it.
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Review
Distiller: Austin Nichols / Wild Turkey
Rich velvety caramel hefts itself from the glass and saunters down my sinuses with butterscotch, cinnamon, honey and oak in tow. Skulking about the glass behind these giants is some nutmeg, citrus, clove, vanilla, leather and a bit of mint.
Wow. Big rolling waves of caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus, butterscotch, rye and honey all tumble around the palate and kick up notes of dark fruit, oak, clove and mint in their wake.
Warm and inviting it’s much heavier on flavor than alcohol burn which makes it a fantastic sipping bourbon.
Long with big notes of burnt caramel, oak and vanilla that fade to an oaky mint.