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

  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    58.4%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: What more could you ask for a barrel proof bourbon at this price? Full bodied and rich, widely available, reasonable cost.
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  • 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: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 99 was easily the best of the RB in my opinion and 03 wasn't far behind it. That said, the modern batches that continue to roll out demonstrate a pretty considerable value, and no shortage of flavor.
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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. The proof is no doubt the result of the batching, and while we can believe this is a single batch, it's easy to hit specific proofs in batches this large, which is almost certainly the case and why this release will be around for a long time.

  • 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:

    Thick and rich on the palate,. Heat, pepper, spice. Pretty thin, not super rich, all things considered. Theres some more caramel, faint tobacco and nougat, but its all pretty muted. After sitting open for a couple of weeks, this bottle's become pure dessert, toffee, brown sugar.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, mild heat and astringency. Brown sugar dominates with faint pepper. The palate is the star here, and the finish the Achilles heel, although it's no catastrophe.

  • Overall:

    99 was easily the best of the RB in my opinion and 03 wasn't far behind it. That said, the modern batches that continue to roll out demonstrate a pretty considerable value, and no shortage of flavor.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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