30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 13 (Rare Breed WT-03RB (dark wrap – 2005))

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.

Yesterday, we introduced Chapter 4 and the history and composition of the Rare Breed offering.  Today, we continue with a review of the Rare Breed WT-03RB batch, this time coming in the form of the dark wrapper, non-embossed cap bottling that is believed to have been released throughout the early 2000’s (this bottle is a 2005).  As we mentioned yesterday, the WT-03RB was released for over a decade, and may have had some profile variations from year to year.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Batch WT-03RB (108.2 proof) (dark wrapper, non-embossed cap) (2005) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Stephen NethertonChris Crow and Stephen Benson)

Nose:  Butterscotch; Cognac fruit notes; syrup; leather; damp earthiness; apple; fig; plum; peanut shells; no trace of ethanol. (4.5/5)

Palate:  Rich fruit; butterscotch; fruit leather; portobello mushrooms; a bit thin.   (4/5)

Finish:  A bit short, but mouth-coating; plum.  (4/5)

Overall:  Compared to the newer Rare Breed products, this WT-O3RB batch has a very different profile.  It is not nearly as medicinal, and lacks some of the citrus and brine, but it tastes as though much older bourbon was blended for this batch.  (4/5)

Value:  This bottle was purchased locally in the past year for around $40.  It is worth every penny of the $40, if not a few dollars more.  (4.5/5)

“Compared to the newer Rare Breed products, this WT-O3RB batch has a very different profile.”

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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