Wild Turkey Rare Breed

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Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this bourbon very differently from me.

Following on from my tasting notes for Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey is the next sample from the Drinks by the Dram selection of Wild Turkey from Master of Malt that my wife bought me for Christmas.



Reddish gold, almost auburn.


Fruity, sweet, honey. There’s a touch of alcohol there but only mild. A sort of dusty quality to it – like dried fruits.

As a side note when I went to taste this I inhaled and get a definite dry, sweet taste in my mouth, sort of like breathing in icing sugar.

With Water: A hint of marzipan comes through.


Smooth, sweet with honey and a touch of marzipan. Spicy coming through as pepper. Finally fruit and nuts, like a mixed dry fruit and nuts selection.

With Water: Slightly bitter when water is added with more spice and oak.


Long, nutty, spicy and yet sweet and mouth coating at the same time.

With Water: As with the palate some oak comes through with the addition of water.


This was really a step up from the 81 Proof and even the 101. Well rounded, mature and with enough depth to keep you wanting more. If the 101 is the 81 Proof’s older sibling then this is the matriarch/patriarch of the Wild Turkey family. At around the £50 it’s well priced as well. If you want a good quality bourbon then this is a good call and worth spending that bit extra on it.



Taken from the Wild Turkey Website:


The true, bold spirit of Wild Turkey has been captured in this authentic barrel proof whiskey, creating one of the finest bourbons in the world. Uncut with water, Rare Breed is an uncompromised Kentucky bourbon with tones of sweet tobacco and hints of orange and mint, making it a remarkably smooth whiskey legend.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Whiskey Nut says:

    This is the bourbon that got me excited.
    At 54% for the old bottle – now upped to 56% – it’s surprisingly smooth with a rich alcohol warm feeling together with a touch of spice which I like.

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    1. It’s certainly my favourite bourbon so far. Considering the higher abv it doesn’t impact on the nose or the palate, where sometimes it can overwhelm a drink.

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