Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Review

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 Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye is definitely worth a try, and by the way, is very aptly named.

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 rarebird101.com 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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