Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bourbon: Rare Breed Barrel Proof
Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Age: Mix 6-12 years
The Barrel Cellar Score: 89
Review Date: 4/23/2019
Color: Saddle Brown
Nose: Raisins, brown sugar, mild oak, and a dusty road
Taste: First taste (poured neat): Cinnamon, leather, black pepper. Drop a couple of ice cubes in your glass and tastes of rye, oak, and pencil shavings emerge. This bourbon has a sustained finish with black pepper, a touch of citrus, and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Assessment: The high proof of this bourbon is present on the nose. After letting it breathe, some of the other aspects of the nose started to shine and I found there was plenty there to get lost in. As previously mentioned, this bottle has dusty road on the nose. This is a good thing; taking in a deep breath, I’m transported to Bourbon country. I can see trucks transporting barrels and grain down dusty roads and I can feel the warm sun shining down on my face. One of my favorite aspects of a good bourbon or wine is that aspects of the region in which it is produced are shipped in the bottle and they tell a story. This bourbon does just that. Wild Turkey has been making consistently good bourbon for a long time. Rare Breed is no exception, it’s a solid bourbon and the price point of $42 is more than a fair value. You won’t be disappointed when choosing a bottle.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Strength Bourbon is a very good bourbon. 89 Points