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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)

(70cl, 56.4%)

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)

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Wild Turkey 56.4% Bottling Note

The Wild Turkey Rare Breed bottle has received a little bit of a redesign, it has! The shape is the same as before, but the label is new and shiny, as is the presentation tube (with focus on the 'shiny' bit). Rare Breed is Wild Turkey's barrel proof expression, and it now sits at a slightly-higher-than-previous-batches ABV of 56.4%.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Raspberry, with a hint of blueberry muffin too. Sawdust, citrus oil/marmalade and Jamaican Ginger Cake.

Palate: Still quite cake-y, though now it's closer to a particularly spicy fruitcake than a ginger cake. Fresh grapes, clove and brown bread with a touch of olive oil.

Finish: Medium length with caramel and pine resin.

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%) Reviews

Give it time. And AIR.

Update to "Decent but not Earth-shattering.
I opened my bottle of Rare Breed a few days ago. I stand by the review below. But after 4 days of breathing it has transformed. NOW the acidity has disappeared and the sweetness has bloomed.....at full strength. Now it is a pleasure to drink at 56.4%. No harshness. This is sweet and smoothness and it has "torque." It tastes like a totally different drink. It tastes very nice.
We never stop learning in this game. ;-)

7th February 2021

Decent, but not at all Earth-shattering

I suspect my review of this whiskey has been removed.
Let's try again, eh?
At 56.4% this is painful. And that is not because I am unfamiliar with strong whisky. I am happy to drink Uigeadail and Glenfarclas 105 neat. But the rye sharpness in this dram becomes acid-strong at 56.4%.
So I got out my calculator today (blush) and diluted it to 42.3%. (30ml in a stainless steel measure, then added 10ml of distilled water)
NOW it is nice. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece or anything compared to the classic single malts, but it is nice. I was hoping for more.

4th February 2021

Interesting but disappointing

I received this today and have gamely tried to quaff it neat but the acid-sharp rye hit is just not for me. It's very different from a strong peating and to me it tastes like someone has put far far too much white pepper in my soup.
Diluting to a more reasonable strength (half a teaspoon of bottled water in a quarter gill), brings a better balance. The rye recedes, the sweetness increases and the finish is slightly lengthened. This still lacks depth though. And the finish is too short.
This is neither as sophisticated nor as complex as I had hoped and I strongly suspect that if it had been released at 40%, it would not be getting the rave reviews below. I will work at it and update if my opinion changes.

3rd February 2021

Amazing for the price

Normally a scotch guy but due to recent price increases decided to try bourbons. Only tried about 15 bourbons in the past but this is by far one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. This stuff is so smooth you can drink it straight, but a few drops of water really open up the flavors. Loads of flavor and depth at a great price. No better whiskey out there for the price of this stuff.

29th April 2019

serve the turkey

2018: Yet a newer- designed label for a superlative bourbon. But it isn
t 56.4 , its close to 117. Never would guess that in a blind tasting. I'd give all of Wild Turtkey a 5 taking into consideration value and quality.

18th October 2018

Smooth!

Very smooth, if you are not really into really strong, woody whiskey this is it.

20th January 2018

5 STER

FABULOUS BUT YOU NEED DROP OF WATER

6th May 2017

Fucking brilliant Bourbon whiskey! Taste is very smooth and complex.

Together with the Wild Turkey 101 this are the two best ever Bourbon whiskeys. This Rare Breed is truly top notch!

7th February 2017

The VERY BEST

Even more smooth than 101. With.7 or water not a better drink in the universe.

11th December 2016

Smoooooooth!

Do not start with a pre-conceived notion that bourbons at 100 proof or higher are harsh, strong, etc. This one totally fooled me. I picked it at a blind taste test of six bourbons. I live in KY - about ten minutes from the Woodford Reserve distillery, ten minutes from Buffalo Trace, and work near one of Jim Beam's facilities. So I am surrounded by quality bourbons. Rare Breed is exceptional for its price class and stands up well against many of higher price. I don't judge a bourbon or any other liquor by its cost. That's stupid. I like to sip this neat. To me, that's the mark of good bourbon. Why water it down or cloud its flavor with carbonated beverages? Give this a try - MM MM MM!

1st June 2016

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