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.
I was surprised at how good this is for the price. It has a very good vanilla note. Love it!!!!!
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!
Tastes amazing. Smells amazing. The vanilla and caramel flavors are great. Will definitely buy this bottle again.
Dollar for dollar very hard to beat
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.
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!
My standard go to whiskey. I always have this on my bar. Just fantastic.
What a bourbon. Normally I'm a 101 guy. Complex and strong
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.
Amazing at the price point. Spicy and complex with the proof really coming through. Can’t recommend this enough .
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.
Strong, but still drinks smooth, a little strong for sipping neat, but a good kick up on an Old Fashioned, or with Coke.
Unbelievably good, especially at the price point!
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
I’m a fan of this one, lots of flavor and like some other comments I also prefer it with ice.
Flavorful potent potion
Very good barrel proof bourbon. I like it better with ice.
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!
Really enjoyed FEW...I'm traditionally partial to Bourbon...but this has me rethinking how I feel about RYE...it was smooth and flavorful...
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.
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.
One of my favorite barrel proofs. Wonderful finish
A fine barrel proof bourbon. Smooth and great on the rocks.
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.
A great gateway into the world of barrel proof/cask strength bourbons. Affordable, easy to find while being full of rich, deep flavor.
Exceptional. Love the bite of this bottle.
Another favorite barrel proof bourbon. Smooth, great tasting, and delicious!
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.
So far my favorite barrel proof bourbon
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.
Strong smooth and flavorful. One of the best
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.
Good sippin’ bourbon. Prefer neat, but also excellent on the rocks.
Surprisingly smoothing for the high alcohol content. Otherwise great
Good with a splash of water.
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.
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.
Complex and very enjoyable. Not as harsh neat as I expected.
A go to.
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.
Damn good stuff
Oh yeah. That’s the stuff!
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!
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.
Very good. Lots of flavor and not too much kick.
Incredible bite. Dances around your mouth like a firecracker. So intense and magical to drink neat.
Poingnant. Sharp. Full-flavored. Velvety with ice.
great in freezer
Solid, high proof bourbon
Powerful but not too aggressive. Balanced caramel levels.
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.
Haven't opened it yet!
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
Very good- complex / smooth this is my favorite wild Turkey
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.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is so smooth! My go to sipping whiskey!
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
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.
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!
Quickly became one of my favorites.
This is absolutely fantastic. So very impressed with this product. Delicious and smooth.
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.
Good supper. Not excellent mixed w coke.
Excellent. Oaky and floral on the front. Perfect slight burn on the finish. This is cask strength done properly.