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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Review | Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Distillery: Wild Turkey (owned by Campari Group)

Proof: 116.8 (Barrel proof bourbon! At this proof things start to get interesting!)

Mash bill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

Age: No age statement but is a Blend of 6, 8, and 12-year-old bourbons (it sure seems like there is a good amount of the 12-year in this)

MSRP: $58

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Fool Proof Rating and Summary of Tasting Notes

Color: Amber

Nose: Sweet Caramel, vanilla, Maple Syrup, and black pepper. A hint of citrus>

Palate: Sweet caramel and Maple Syrup, Toasted oak.

Finish: A long finish with lingering warmth, toasted oak, and rye spice.

Feel: medium to full-bodied with a nice oily mouth coating

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For all my tastings I use either the Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass or a traditional Glencairn glass. They both are great for nosing and help in discerning more subtle notes.


In-Depth Review of Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a blend of 6, 8, and 12-year-old bourbons – a true labor of love from Jimmy Russell that pays off. It's no wonder it earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013. The unique blend of flavors creates a delicious whiskey. Many in the bourbon community appreciate this bold spirit. I am a big fan of Wild Turkey bourbons and absolutely love this Rare Breed Barrel Proof. The Russell family knocked it out of the park with this one. You won't regret picking this up for your next whiskey night. Let's start tasting! Cheers!


Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon has a unique aroma that is sure to tantalize the senses. It carries with it sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup, with a hint of orange zest for added complexity. To round out the smell, there are also subtle hints of black pepper that add an intriguing spiciness to the mix. This combination creates a truly unique experience that will leave you wanting more. Rare Breed has a fantastic nose. As you take in this delightful scent, prepare yourself for an equally interesting flavor profile.


Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof is a truly unique bourbon that offers an unforgettable taste experience. Up front, it starts off with rich notes of caramelly maple syrup, before transitioning to a mix of toasted oak and orange zest. It has a nice sweetness that isn't overpowering. For added depth, there are also subtle hints of black pepper which add a pleasant spiciness to the flavor profile. This combination creates a complex and incredibly well-rounded bourbon.


Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon is a truly remarkable bourbon with an unforgettable finish. After tasting the sweet and spicy notes that carry through from start to finish, you'll be met with a long-lasting warmth that envelopes your mouth. Toasted oak and rye spice nuances add depth to the experience and linger on for some time.


Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a medium to full-bodied bourbon with a very nice, balanced mouthfeel. With each taste, you'll be met with a creamy and oily texture that coats your tongue nicely. The complexity of the flavor profile is enhanced by the oiliness, as it allows all of the flavors to linger on for some time. You'll appreciate how its silky texture wraps around your palate and makes way for a long-lasting warmth that envelopes you in comfort with every glass. Wild Turkey Rare Breed is one of those bourbons worth savoring!

Final Thoughts

Barrel proof bourbons are great and Wild Turkey Rare Breed offers a truly unique and unforgettable bourbon that has an amazing flavor profile. From the sweet notes of caramel and maple syrup to the spicy hints of black pepper, this whiskey has something for everyone. The creamy and oily mouthfeel adds depth to the overall experience while its smoothness makes it easy to sip on all night long. Whether you're looking for a special occasion drink or just want something interesting to add to your liquor cabinet, Wild Turkey Rare Breed should definitely be at the top of your list!

I enjoy this flavorful iteration of Wild Turkey Rare Breed. I can't recommend it enough. With the out-of-control bourbon prices, I think a price tag of $58 is a very good value for this complex and interesting whiskey. Stop wasting your time pursuing bourbons like Stagg Jr, which is impossible to get and likely overpriced. Many bourbon drinkers agree that Wild Turkey Rare Breed is an exceptional bourbon and one that is worth checking out. You can usually find this one at your local liquor store but it is becoming harder to find. Or if you would like it delivered to your house buy it now. Check out my review of Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Whiskey here.

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Below are my favorite glasses for doing tastings. The Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass is my favorite because it has a little more heft to it and feels better in my hand than the traditional Glencairn glass does.

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