Veteran Bourbon Review: Wild Turkey Rare Breed


Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Mash bill

75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley


NAS (Blend of 6, 8, and 12 year old bourbons)


116.8 Proof


$60 (2023)

Official Product Website

History – Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon is a highly regarded, barrel-proof bourbon whiskey crafted by the Wild Turkey Distillery. It is a blend of carefully selected bourbons aged between 6 and 12 years, resulting in a unique and powerful expression.

Rare Breed Bourbon is renowned for its intense and full-bodied flavor profile. It possesses a deep amber color and releases enticing aromas of caramel, vanilla, oak, and a touch of spice. When tasted, it offers a rich combination of flavors, including sweet notes of honey, toffee, and dried fruits, harmoniously balanced by the warmth of toasted oak and a subtle hint of pepper. With a high proof ranging from around 112 to 116, it delivers a bold and robust experience, imparting a delightful warmth with every sip.

The artistry behind Rare Breed Bourbon lies in the meticulous barrel selection process, which ensures a well-balanced blend that showcases the finest qualities of each age range. By remaining non-chill filtered, the bourbon retains its natural oils and flavors, resulting in an enhanced drinking experience.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon has gained a loyal following among bourbon enthusiasts due to its exceptional quality and consistent excellence. It appeals to whiskey connoisseurs who appreciate a strong and flavorsome bourbon with a long and satisfying finish.

In summary, Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon exemplifies Wild Turkey Distillery’s commitment to producing exceptional and memorable bourbons. It provides a bold and full-bodied drinking experience that captures the essence of traditional American whiskey, making it a highly sought-after choice for those seeking a distinctive and powerful bourbon. Let’s dig in!

Value – At a $60 value I think it’s fair but I have seen it for $80-$90 in some places.

Appearance – Mahogany. What a beautiful bottle that it offers showing a bold and classic bottle shape just like its bourbon.

Nose – Cinnamon / Burnt Wood / Black Pepper / Cloves

Palate – Thick / Leather / Coffee / Heavy Maple Syrup

Finish –  Nutty / Long / Mocha / Mesquite Wood and Smoke

Summary – BOLD and Smokey!!!!!!! What a statement that they are making with this Barrel Proof that pushes the boundary on not only traditional but also tastes that should be the standard in bourbon. I can see the only downfall being the price range where I purchased this for a decent price. I have seen it for much higher in other places.

Way to make a statement and a staple Wild Turkey. This should be on everyone’s bourbon shelf as tribute to the amazing taste it offers!

Andrew Workman

Uniqueness- 1-10 – 8

Appearance- 1-10 – 10

Nose- 1-20 – 18

Palate- 1-20 – 18

Finish- 1-20 – 18

Value- 1-20 – 12



Reviewed by:

Andrew Workman on 06/21/2023

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