Wild Turkey Head to Head - Kentucky Spirit vs Rare Breed



Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon

Company on Label: Wild Turkey

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 101°

Age: NAS (around 8-9 years?)

Further identification: Warehouse A, Rick No 40, Barrel 1516


Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

Company on Label: Wild Turkey

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 116.8°

Age: NAS

Further identification: 2019/early 2020 purchase


 

Kentucky Spirit Review:

Citrus primarily, but also pepper, cherry and spice all present on nose. Really punchy & alive. Late nose after resting turns much creamier, with other notes of butter and soup herbs. Citrus & cherry carry well into the palate. Rye spice continues to dance well in the background. Citrus can't hide a slightly unwelcome white wine tannin mouth feel. Nuanced & thin, but slightly oily and herbaceous. This beats Rare Breed on nose and finish, but falls slightly short on palate.


Rare Breed Review:

Creamy caramel, leather, darker black pepper and a hotter cherry on nose. Late nose turns really dusty with a cherry pop still present. Cinnamon candy and pine are also still coming through on the nose. This one is a conundrum; it is both mellow and easy on the palate at times and others super spicy and rich. The variations on the palate are interesting and keep you guessing. At times the creaminess subdues the spicy cherry. I would guess based on this experience that this is older. Light marshmallow & vanilla is perfectly rich. Only lacks in finish; but has a more experienced palate than the Kentucky Spirit.


 

Final Ranking: Rare Breed > Kentucky Spirit

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