30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 16 (Rare Breed 116.8)

Over the month of November 2017, Flight Club will be bringing you  “30 Turkeys in 30 days.”  Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product.  Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this last part of Chapter 4, we review the current release of Rare Breed, the 116.8 batch (2017).  While there has been a recent label change, in theory this should be fairly consistent with the 116.8 batches available.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Batch 116.8 (old label) (116.8 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Stephen NethertonChris Crow and Stephen Benson)

Nose:  Citrus; orange pith; fruity; caramel; light tobacco; ethanol/dry oak; fall leaves.  (3/5)

Palate:  Thin; dry but bright; peppery; bitter orange pith.  (2.5/5)

Finish:  Shorter than expected; dry; pepper; oak wood chips; bitter chocolate (2.5/5)

Overall:  While the Rare Breed Batch 116.8 is an approachable barrel-proof bourbon at only 116.8 proof, it lack complexity even compared to its standard 101 proof Wild Turkey brother.  (2.5/5)

Value:  This bottle is approachable and lower in price than many true barrel-proof bourbons on the market.  However, we were slightly disappointed that we didn’t get the complexity we wanted, and the palate and finish left us wanting more for the price.  (3/5)

“While the Rare Breed Batch 116.8 is an approachable barrel-proof bourbon at only 116.8 proof, it lack complexity even compared to its standard 101 proof Wild Turkey brother.”

Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

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