Wasn’t sure I’d get a review out today. Got stranded in Germany when my flight was cancelled, but managed to shlep across into France and now England.
I’m not the biggest fan of the turkey. I’m not going to make a joke about it being too dry, actually I just find it’s a little too herbal for my liking. But of course, I have to keep challenging myself and trying new ones, particularly if I want to get to 50 American Whiskey’s. So I got stuck in and tried these two.
The Rare Breed I’ve always wanted to try anyway because it’s in Ian Buxton’s 101 whiskies to try before you die, something I’ve been doing my best to complete (I’m getting there).
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 56.4%
Nose: Quite light but classic WT from what I remember. Ethereal, waxy, like sealing wax, slight oak, herbal, natural honey.
Taste: Intense here, spice, herbal, ginger and clove, a little chilli, dry oak.
Finish: Medium length. Oaky, dry, some herbal notes. Mint.
A perfectly nice Bourbon, but nothing standout from the usual 101.
Wild Turkey 101 Rye 50.5%
Nose: Again herbal and sealing wax, but added spice here. Lots of cardamom, vanilla pod, tyme and rosemary, some clove.
Taste: Intense, some fruit at first, then spice and herbs, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, then lots of dry oak.
Finish: Medium length. Caramel and some orange. Spices left over.
I slightly prefer this to the Rare Breed, it’s just a little bit more complex.
Thanks for reading!
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Whisky Network Reviews #598-#599
Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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