Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

(0.75l, 56.4% - may vary)


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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
    56.4% - may vary
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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spicy
black pepper
vanilla
caramel
tobacco
orange
oak
honeysuckle
sweet
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and 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
Rick
Rick,
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
 
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