Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Whiskey
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Whiskey

Item # 42667 750mL
$74.96/ Single Bottle
$449.76/ Case of 6
ABV
56.10%
Country
USA
Region
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Tasting Notes

What better sign do you need to know we are living in a golden age of whiskey then when Wild Turkey adds a permanent full proof rye to its rotation. For most of Jimmy Russell's tenure, which began in 1954!, if you had told him he'd be making this whiskey he wouldn't have believed you. Now Rare Breed Rye is shaping up to be one of the top releases of the year. And while it will eventually become a regular item in the portfolio, availability for the rest of 2020 will remain extremely limited. With reported whiskey stocks of 4, 6 and 8yr old barrels comprising the blend, Jimmy and Eddie still determine what is ready to be bottled by taste, prior to blending. The whiskey is full of carmelized fruits, treacle and crackling spices. Exactly what you'd hope for and have come to expect from the Russell's.


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Staff Pick Notes

We get a lot of Bourbon drinkers who come in looking for new releases coming out of Kentucky, or by way of Indiana's MGP distillery, but way fewer requests for rye. Jimmy Russell is looking to change that with this new hallmark addition to the Wild Turkey portfolio. A non-chill filtered blend of primarily four, six, and eight-year rye stocks at barrel proof, Rare Breed Rye is made to be a cross-over for anyone wanting to expand their American whiskey collection. Aromas of sweet orange peel, lemon oils, vanilla frosting and caramel blend together with flavors of snappy black pepper, herbal tea, mint, and clove. Despite its higher proof, the mouthfeel is feathery soft but those bold flavors jump out and remain tight-knit on the finish.

- JOS

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