For the third consecutive year, over the month of November, 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.
Chapter 17, Part 2:
We continue our look at Rare Breed, today taking you back to the beginning. This Rare Breed W-T-01-91 batch was first launched in 1991. It is released at full cask strength – 109.6 proof. It is not age stated, but like the current Rare Breed, it is known to be a blend of 6, 8, and 12 year bourbons.
Nose: Werther’s Original; varnish/urethane; metallic; vanilla/Butterfingers/toffee candy; cherry hard candy; fruit leather; cinnamon; perfume. (4/5)
Palate: Very thick and chewy. Metallic/urethane; fruit leather; butterscotch; apple; pine-sol; black cherry; oatmeal raisin cookie. A truly exceptional palate. (4.5/5)
Finish: Metallic, pine sol; apple, raisin; plum; tannic grape; butterscotch candy. Very long and very mouth coating, with more exceptional flavors. (4.5/5)
Overall: This is, with no doubt, an exceptional pour. The flavors are rich, with powerful sweetness and complex dark fruit. The combination of aged whiskeys results in a fantastic oak/sweetness/spice balance. There is little that we would change overall. However, there is a point where something is almost too much. This approaches that point. We could not drink this everyday. But when we do, it is amazing. (4.5/5)
Value: This was picked up in the past year for around $300, which is half of what you would pay for Donut or Cheesy Gold Foil. This is not quite those, but it is a great feel for what classic Wild Turkey should taste like.(4/5).
“There is little that we would change overall. However, there is a point where something is almost too much.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.