Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    58.4%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Dry oak and spice come out on the finish with pine, mint, and the lingering rich sweetness of vanilla in myriad forms, think: vanilla frosting, pudding, and pound cake.
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  • Raided Score: 78
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Rare Breed finds itself in a peculiar situation of being a hotter version of WT101 and less complex than the non-chill filtered RR single barrels.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All told I like it considerably less, though, again, water helps temper the beast a bit, helping the minty notes come forward more clearly.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This just isn’t great – it’s spice driven and muted which means it will be an easy pass on the shelf for me.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Each batch will have distinguishing characteristics, though a bold, spicy kick upfront with a relatively complex and chewy finish is to be expected.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Due to the strong flavor profile, mixers in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned will not drown out Rare Breed.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Water opens it up to more nuanced fruit, spice, and sweetness. Without water, brown-sugar butter dominates about mid-palate and leads to a long finish.
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  • Intro:

    This is the latest batched iteration of Wild Turkeys Rare Breed. Based on how long WT RB 03 was around, who knows how long we can expect to this on the market also.

  • Nose:

    Huge clove, spicey allspice and sweet musty caramel. Caramel and vanilla are present here also, although they are hidden away behind the big, powerful spices.

  • Taste:

    Thin/medium mouthfeel. Heat, pepper, spice. Pretty thin, not super rich, all things considered. Theres some more caramel, faint tobacco and nougat, but its all pretty muted.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, mild heat and astringency. Brown sugar dominates with faint pepper.

  • Overall:

    Swing and a......whiff. 99 was easily the best of the RB in my opinion and that is no different. I didnt love 03 but I remember thinking it was slightly better to on par with this. This just isnt great - its spice driven and muted which means it will be an easy pass on the shelf for me.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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