Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

(0.75l, 58.4%*)

*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

8.2/10
Price:
$51.99
Price, Shipping & Taxes may vary by state and will be recalculated at checkout.
Authenticity GuaranteedAuthenticity Guaranteed
Authenticity Guaranteed
We guarantee every product we sell is authentic.
Free ShippingFree Shipping
Free Shipping
Flaviar Members get free shipping on qualifying orders.
Buyer ProtectionBuyer Protection
Buyer Protection
Money-back guarantee if things go wrong.
This monster Bourbon was made to teach a cocktail who’s boss.

In 1869, the Ripy Brothers started distilling on Wild Turkey Hill near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The namesake product became their number one seller and the name of the distillery was changed to reflect that success. The Ripy Family sold the distillery in 1952, and then the normal rounds of mergers and acquisition occurred. Campari Group out of Italy owns them now and they produce a wide range of Bourbons under the very popular Wild Turkey name along with several other brands. All under the watchful eyes and experienced hands of the only father-son master distiller team in the business — Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon was first released in 1991. Since then, there have only been 10 releases. So now you understand why it’s called “Rare Bird.” Let’s cut right to the specs. Don’t worry that there is no age statement. All the experts agree that this powerhouse Bourbon is a combination of six, eight, and twelve year old top-end product. The mash bill is 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. And it’s bottled at cask strength! We’ve tasted it straight up, but this monster was made to stand up to ice and a splash of water and teach it who’s boss. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    58.4%*
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

Close
spicy
black pepper
vanilla
caramel
tobacco
orange
oak
honeysuckle
sweet
What does Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Dog Dogson
Dog Dogson's
Smartass
Corner
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Mahogany red.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Bold and powerful with oak and black pepper. Water opens up vanilla, toffee, and honeysuckle.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Served neat, it’s spicy like a a Rye. But a little water and it blooms with sweetness, orange, and tobacco.

Finish
Long, strong, and complex.
Ratings & Reviews
Jordan
Jordan,
Smooth for the proof. Sweet and spicy.
 
Ty
Ty,
A spectacular offering from an American classic. Heavy hitter that doesn't bludgeon the palate.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
really good and as described in the notes, a few drops of water brings out a different a sweeter flavor. little burn and med-long finish.
 
Brad
Brad,
Did not meet expectations
 
Richard
Richard,
There's no doubt this is a Wild Turkey product. It's basically the 101 with the volume turned all the way up. The heat doesn't take over, despite the barrel proof. Plenty of flavor up front. If I have any critique it is over the finish, which is a little rough and short. Overall, a great value.
 
Jason
Jason,
First taste out of the bottle was heavy in mint. But after that this is a very nice pour of spicey goodness with notes of caramel. All the things that make 101 a good choice just amped up a bit.
 
guest
guest,
This is a Home Run bourbon for the price. The palate is an absolute pleasurable journey, and the tobacco and orange notes linger through the finish. For $40-50, you cannot beat the value.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
On the nose, the vanilla seems more prominent but I am picking up some spice. I drink my bourbon on the rocks so, inherently, it adds some water. With that said, the taste of the vanilla, caramel and oak shine through. Good long “bourbon” finish and just a tad spicy. This is my “Friday afternoon” Bourbon. Well done, Mr. Russell.
 
Darrin
Darrin,
The Wild Turkey name is why I held off on trying this bourbon. I associated the name with cheap whiskey. I am new to sipping barrel proof bourbon and apologize for my ignorance. I prefer my bourbon high proof from the barrel and drank neat. This is a top-shelf bourbon for sure and priced to steal.
 
Jay
Jay,
A bourbon with this high of proof should not be this easy to drink! It has a wonderful nose of oak and candied spice with a powerful, yet flavorful taste and finish. It is certainly good for the winter time. Out of all higher proofs, this is my new favorite. It is comparable to Old Forester 1920 but tastes much better in my opinion and has more complexity on the nose. Any bourbon fan will most likely appreciate this. It's getting a spot in my home bar and staying there.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
It's more abrasive than I like neat. I added a few drops of water to see if it would calm down enough to bring out the taste. Unfortunately, what I tasted after that wasn't what I would revisit. I'll keep this around for visitors I don't care for.
 
Ken
Ken,
This is top shelf all the way when it comes to Bourbon. The only bourbon that can challenge this for me is the Old Forrester 1920. Both are high proof, but FULL of flavor. Sweet enough, but strong oak to temper the proof. Great bottle. It will be one of my standards going forward.
 
Raul
Raul,
A more pleasant bourbon has never graced my senses. It's a divine taste, truly. First you'll taste the sweet as it touches your lips, then the hints of caramel and vanilla come in. The spice is prominent and yet it is gentle on the tongue; the aftertaste is that of a mild cigar. What a marvel, this. Strongly consider tasting this sweet nectar. Cheers.
 
DONALD
DONALD,
Very nice. A littler vanilla, spice with a hint of a good cigar. A pleasurable burn but not over powering. I enjoyed it with a large ice cube, the slow melt really released the flavors.
 
Kristin
Kristin,
Very nice. A little sweet with a nice hit of vanilla on the nose.
 
Jay
Jay,
Almost too good for the price.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Hints of walnut and seasoned wood.
 
Mike
Mike,
Grows on you but very hot and has that wild turkey flavor.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Christmas cake! This has the classic Wild Turkey profile cranked to 11. Maple syrup and brown sugar, dates and raisins, vanilla, cinnamon and pepper. This is a sweet, viscous, and deeply rich bourbon that masks the high alcohol content well. Highly recommended.
 
Brian
Brian,
Excellent pour. The first pour from the bottle isn't quite as good, but once it's been opened and sat a day or two, this is a fantastic bottle, especially for the price.
 
Bryce
Bryce,
This is a fantastic whiskey. I think I'd suggest this bottle to someone who wanted to step into the world of cask-strength/barrel-proof bourbons but didn't know which one to buy. Complex and rich flavor, long finish, and for a hotter bourbon, very easy to sip. I agree with some of the other reviewers that WT is an outstanding distillery and offers so much value for the money. For the price, you can't beat this bottle. The other bottle I'd compare this to, in terms of value, is Knob Single (120 proof). Both bottles come in at about $50. Do yourself a favor and put this in a blind taste test with other more expensive barrel proofs; you'll see why Rare Breed is so reasonably priced.
 
Joe
Joe,
Solid all round bourbon. Better on ice.
 
Greg
Greg,
Wild Turkey Distillery is in my top 3 of distilleries. Rare Breed barrel proof is one of the reasons why. One of my favorite bourbons bar none. I always have one or two on my shelf. Great weekend sipper.....sweet heat, with rich vanilla and caramel and an underlying peppery tobacco taste. Great over ice or neat.
 
guest
guest,
Really like this one, strong oak flavor for me
 
Matthew
Matthew,
My current favorite sipping bourbon. Great notes, smoky and just a hit of sweet.
 
guest
guest,
Fantastic high proof whiskey. Will hang with the big names just fine.
 
Lee
Lee,
lots of caramel. good oak. kind of sweet
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Love the notes of pipe tobacco and orange. Extremely smooth with a nice feel in my mouth. A pleasure to sip and I will get this one again.
 
Brian
Brian,
Rare Breed was my first adventure into the world of barrel strength Bourbons. I was hooked. Pepper, vanilla and oak, with corn sweetness from nose to finish. A darn good sipping Bourbon, especially with a couple of small cubes of ice added.
 
Sean
Sean,
The best for the money bourbon.
 
Chris
Chris,
Nice punch with good flavor.
 
Brian
Brian,
This was an excellent bourbon with bold flavors backed with the heat of 116.8 proof. I got lots of cherry and vanilla on the nose, similar notes on the palate and a medium finish with a bit of mint and vanilla.
 
guest
guest,
This has become one of the two bourbons I generally keep on hand, and is the only bourbon I’ve had, that I like more than Four Roses Single Barrel.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
One of the best values in bourbon. Smooth, flavorful, easy-drinking barrel proof.
 
BRIAN
BRIAN,
Like it
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Smooth with a great kick. Not sure the extra money is worth it. I like the wild turkey 101. Twice the amount for 12 bucks less.
 
Stacey
Stacey,
This stuff is delicious! Still one of my "go to's" for bourbon and still one of the best deals in bourbon. It's barrel proof, sweet, rich, robust, an absolute flavor bomb.
 
Nakia
Nakia,
Great Friday night pour!
 
Joni
Joni,
Gotta let it breathe for a bit, then it opens up like perfectly charred marshmallows. Great bourbon for the price.
 
Brad
Brad,
Very good
 
Dan
Dan,
Nice spice, smooth finish. This is one of the best daily drinkers in this price range
 
Darran
Darran,
Fantastic product from Wild Turkey. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the standard Wild Turkey, and much more refined than the WT101. I love the complexity and flavors present in this. And no burn even at 112 proof. Delicious.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Damn good.
 
Marc
Marc,
Smooth
 
Mike
Mike,
Give this 30 minutes in the glass. Really opens up nicely. If the proof is too much, cut it 2 or 3 to 1 with water. Very enjoyable!
 
Ron
Ron,
Probably one of the best values in bourbon.....great nose....sips smooth not at its proof at all, highly recommended
 
Joe
Joe,
Cherry and apple wood on nose and palate, especially after it opens up. Hint of maple. Sturdy Kentucky hug on the finish
 
David
David,
Fantastic and smooth.
 
Andres
Andres,
Smell of vanilla and caramel. Black pepper back note and oak taste
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Love it!
 
Erik
Erik,
Spicy vanilla - almost like cinnamon/sugar toast - slight citrus on the finish.
 
Burton
Burton,
Unique scents of cedar, vanilla and carmel. Sweet cola flavors. Light texture. Long warm finish. I really like this one.
 
Alan
Alan,
A very bold bourbon that can hold itself up to anything you'd through at it--but maintains a complexity and strength that doesn't need a partner--although a little ice or water to cool the fire allows the rich flavor pallet to show why this spirit's so aptly named.
 
Brad
Brad,
The quality of bourbon was right about where I would expect it to be at the price point. You could really taste the higher proof when served neat. A few drops of water mellowed it out just enough for me. I look forward to many more pours of this drink.
 
Simon
Simon,
Excellent whisky, strong but warm and full of Flavour. Not the best value, but worth it more than and Jack Daniels.
 
Travis
Travis,
Very spicy, but still has some of the other flavors come out. Found it best once the ice watered it down and unlocked some of the more subtle flavors. As other have said it is a real solid whiskey at the price point.
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Pretty strong flavor, very good on the rocks.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I was surprised at how good this is for the price. It has a very good vanilla note. Love it!!!!!
 
Jason
Jason,
Super impressive! Very few bourbons can lead with spice and kick but not overwhelm the more subtle flavor characteristics. Just fun to drink. Perfect drink at the end of the week or to take the edge off!
 
Steve
Steve,
Tastes amazing. Smells amazing. The vanilla and caramel flavors are great. Will definitely buy this bottle again.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Dollar for dollar very hard to beat
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Solid meh, especially for the premium over Russell. Not sure if that's everywhere but Russell's here are 10-20 bucks cheaper and infinitely better. Too much burn up front and proof takes away rather than add to the nose, first taste and lingering notes. At 50 bucks a bottle there are MANY other brilliant options to make this an unnecessary offering.
 
brad
brad,
My favorite bourbon. Easily competes above it’s price point. Spicy and sweet at the same time. Doesn’t burn like you’d think it would at such a high proof. Easy and enjoyable neat, but also good in a spirit forward cocktail like an old fashioned. Just don’t ruin it with Coke!
 
Tom
Tom,
My standard go to whiskey. I always have this on my bar. Just fantastic.
 
Stuart
Stuart,
What a bourbon. Normally I'm a 101 guy. Complex and strong
 
Scott
Scott,
Some of the best flavor you can ask for. The heat slowly starts to warm you from the stomach up to your throat. This is a whiskey that is a must have in any collection.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Amazing at the price point. Spicy and complex with the proof really coming through. Can’t recommend this enough .
 
guest
guest,
My first barrel strength spirit. On the nose I get charred oak with a warm vanilla creaminess On the pallet I get a warm tingle with a sharp wood note. Tobacco and vanilla jump out with a mild acrid taste from the barrel. Definitely a journey and a sipping whiskey.
 
guest
guest,
Strong, but still drinks smooth, a little strong for sipping neat, but a good kick up on an Old Fashioned, or with Coke.
 
Brian
Brian,
Unbelievably good, especially at the price point!
 
Brent
Brent,
This is now my go to, due to wide availability, price, proof, flavor. I had low expectations, but now know not to judge a book by its cover
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I’m a fan of this one, lots of flavor and like some other comments I also prefer it with ice.
 
Jim
Jim,
Flavorful potent potion
 
RANDY
RANDY,
Very good barrel proof bourbon. I like it better with ice.
 
Jodi
Jodi,
I would give this an 11 if I could. Great feel and finish. A touch of water or single ice cube really opens up the flavors. Fantastic barrel proof!
 
Jim
Jim,
Really enjoyed FEW...I'm traditionally partial to Bourbon...but this has me rethinking how I feel about RYE...it was smooth and flavorful...
 
James
James,
What a fantastic value for a barrel proof bourbon. Great mouth feel. You get the beautiful vanilla, cherry, cinnamon, and oak that you get from the 101 but it's amplified.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Classic bourbon notes. Vanilla cream, cinnamon apple pie, stewed fruit, and slightly nutty. Solid oak spice finish. Coats the month well. Proof is nearly perfect. Great bourbon for anyone wanting to get into barrel proof. Doesn’t punch you in the face but also does not compromise in flavor. Highly recommend.
 
Dick
Dick,
One of my favorite barrel proofs. Wonderful finish
 
Crow
Crow,
A fine barrel proof bourbon. Smooth and great on the rocks.
 
Greg
Greg,
Easily one of my favorites. I only drink this neat with a few stone cubes. The finish is exceptional. Long lasting & strong with a bite I love.
 
Erik
Erik,
A great gateway into the world of barrel proof/cask strength bourbons. Affordable, easy to find while being full of rich, deep flavor.
 
Greg
Greg,
Exceptional. Love the bite of this bottle.
 
Steven
Steven,
Another favorite barrel proof bourbon. Smooth, great tasting, and delicious!
 
Josh
Josh,
I did not expect a straight from the barrel bourbon to be this smooth and flavorful. This has quickly become one of my go to bourbons.
 
David
David,
So far my favorite barrel proof bourbon
 
Clayton
Clayton,
Stands tall against ice, and not quite as spicy as I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I get a little vanilla and cinnamon up front with cigar heat up into the nose to finish. Awesome juice, especially with the barrel proofing.
 
Chris
Chris,
Strong smooth and flavorful. One of the best
 
guest
guest,
Straight up BOURBON! Everything you want in a good bourbon, classic notes of vanilla and caramel with a nice sweet oak flavor and a slow burn that doesn’t hurt. Plenty of proof to ice but I like it neat.
 
guest
guest,
Good sippin’ bourbon. Prefer neat, but also excellent on the rocks.
 
Nick
Nick,
Strong
 
guest
guest,
Good
 
Tim
Tim,
Surprisingly smoothing for the high alcohol content. Otherwise great
 
Dave
Dave,
Good with a splash of water.
 
Gary
Gary,
Straight, this was spicier than I prefer, with a strong touch of cigar on the back of the tongue. With a splash of water or an ice cube, Rare Breed mellows to a fine sipping experience. I can't wait to try it in an Old Fashioned.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Extremely smooth for a 116 proof bourbon. I've never been one to discern between flavors in a drink but I know what I like and as a long time Knob Creek drinker, I LOVE THIS.
 
Roger
Roger,
Complex and very enjoyable. Not as harsh neat as I expected.
 
Tom
Tom,
A go to.
 
Liz
Liz,
On ice, this bourbon kicks booty. Neat, it’s very complex, but a little too oaky to be my go to neat sipper. I could drink this on the rocks very often.
 
Linda
Linda,
Damn good stuff
 
Joe
Joe,
Oh yeah. That’s the stuff!
 
Michael
Michael,
Nice heat with all the delicious qualities; nuance of vanilla, caramel, and sweetness with a smooth finish. This is what you want in a sippin’ (neat) bourbon. Spot on!
 
Robert
Robert,
As a barrel proof whiskey, this lives up to the high proof. It is strong alcohol forward, but sweet notes of vanilla and caramel to the end.
 
Ricky
Ricky,
Love it
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very good. Lots of flavor and not too much kick.
 
James
James,
Incredible bite. Dances around your mouth like a firecracker. So intense and magical to drink neat.
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Poingnant. Sharp. Full-flavored. Velvety with ice.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
great in freezer
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Solid, high proof bourbon
 
Demetrius
Demetrius,
Powerful but not too aggressive. Balanced caramel levels.
 
John
John,
This is one of my favorites of all time. Smooth as your little sisters behind. A real mule kicker, with out the hangover. Been drinking this for a long time and not about to stop.
 
Hilary
Hilary,
Haven't opened it yet!
 
Donald
Donald,
The other comments sum it up pretty well. complex flavors, like the smoky finish. I do like it with a little ice to open it up
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Very good- complex / smooth this is my favorite wild Turkey
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very oaky and spicy. One of the best barrel proof bourbons that is always on the shelf. I like it with a couple teaspoons of water to mellow the heat a bit. It really opens up the whiskey. Finishes long and dry.
 
guest
guest,
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is so smooth! My go to sipping whiskey!
 
guest
guest,
Been drinking 101 turkey for over 30 years and used to get Rare breed every year from my son in law for Christmas but the low life cheated on my daughter and now they're divorced and I have to buy my own which is still well worth it I will be a 101 and Rare Breed drinker for the rest of my life I am 72 now and I hope I have many more years of my favorite bourbon
 
guest
guest,
I am a Wild Turkey drinker, I drink 101. I also drink Barrel Proof & Hopefully I'll get a bottle of Rare Breed Barrel from my kids next month for my 54th birthday. All I drink is Turkey, Honey, 101, Barrel Proof, best tasting, just above my Vecchia Brandy.
 
Johnny
Johnny,
Absolutely love the profile and finish of this bourbon! Wild Turkey has always been a favorite and this one will definitely be on my bar!
 
Kimberley
Kimberley,
Quickly became one of my favorites.
 
Eric
Eric,
This is absolutely fantastic. So very impressed with this product. Delicious and smooth.
 
Shona
Shona,
I like a bourbon with a bite in mixed drinks. Something smoother on its own. Wild Turkey 101 is my go to, and my go-back-to.
 
Lance
Lance,
Good supper. Not excellent mixed w coke.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Excellent. Oaky and floral on the front. Perfect slight burn on the finish. This is cask strength done properly.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
By far my favorite wild turkey
 
Load more reviews
Back Back
A Dram for Your Thoughts
You need to be logged in to leave a review.
Your Rating
Review
Cancel