Review #540. Wild Turkey Rare Breed 2017 116.8

Review #540 | /r/Bourbon Review #304 – Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8

The Schtick: This is the latest batched iteration of Wild Turkey’s Rare Breed. Based on how long WT RB 03 was around, who knows how long we can expect to this on the market also.


Distiller: Wild Turkey

Bottler: Wild Turkey

ABV: 58.4% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Huge clove, spicey allspice and sweet musty caramel. Caramel and vanilla are present here also, although they are hidden away behind the big, powerful spices.

Taste: Thin/medium mouthfeel. Heat, pepper, spice. Pretty thin, not super rich, all things considered. There’s some more caramel, faint tobacco and nougat, but it’s all pretty muted.

Finish: Medium length, mild heat and astringency. Brown sugar dominates with faint pepper.

Overall: Swing and a……whiff. 99 was easily the best of the RB in my opinion and that is no different. I didn’t love 03 but I remember thinking it was slightly better to on par with this. This just isn’t great – it’s spice driven and muted which means it will be an easy pass on the shelf for me.

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Rank: 4

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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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