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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Review

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Wild turkey has next to nothing about this Rare Breed Rye on their website, so I went to a source I know I can trust for some basic information. (The tasting notes are my own.) According to this is a blend of 4, 6 and 8 year old rye whiskeys. Uncut, unfiltered & barrel strength.

Proof: 112.2
Non-Chill Filtered
Crafted With Conviction

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Tasting Notes

👉🏻Nose: Baking spices, apple, sweet caramel, honey, graham crackers, cinnamon & light but noticeable alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Apple, sweet caramel, baking spices, light char. Medium bodied.
👉🏻Finish: The candy-like favors gradually fade (but never actually disappear), the baking spices continue and some oak and char become more apparent, and gradually build; some black pepper makes itself known and lingers. Mild burn.

OK. This tastes like a graham cracker apple honey crisp with a little too much baking spices, covered in caramel sauce, eaten with a charred wooden spoon that for some reason you sprinkle black pepper on and put back in your mouth after you swallow the delicious treat. It is not at all what I was expecting! The alcohol is surprisingly subtle. It drinks like it’s only 111.5 proof. 😉 But seriously, it seems more like 100 or so. It’s fairly mild on the nose, and I really didn’t get a sense of it until I noticed a bit of a burn in the finish. Like all Wild Turkey whiskeys, we don’t know the mashbill on this one, or much else, but I suspect it is a good Kentucky rye, with the rye just over the required 51%.

In conclusion

If you are in the mood for that rye flavor through and through, then I’d reach for a 95/5 rye. But if you would like something with some unexpected flavors and a bit less of the concentrated rye notes, then this Rare Breed is definitely worth a try, and by the way, is very aptly named. But be careful…it’s really easy to drink this one quickly. I actually am having a very tough time stopping pouring it. And even though it doesn’t seem like it, it is 112.2 proof! Stay safe you all! Cheers!🥃

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