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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Rye Review

I've tried this many different times, many different ways; in neat pours, in blind lineups, in an old fashioned... you name it. This review will be a neat pour.


Company on Label: Wild Turkey

Whiskey Type: Straight Rye Whiskey

Mash Bill Percentages: 37% Corn, 51% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 112.2°

Age: NAS

Further identification: Purchased early 2020


Nose: Mint and leafy spring greens. Copper note with a slightly earthy oak. Bubble gum and dust. Citrus is like an orange zest, but it's not sweet. A lot of dill now that I've had a sip. Cotton balls. Copper metallic note is all throughout this now. It's kind of off-putting. By the bottom of the glass a nice vanilla and caramel show up, but are quickly pulled off the surface and that volume of sweet air is consumed completely on a deep inhale.

Palate: Whew! Big citrus spice right on tongue. Quite a bit of mint and a strange wood funk I can't place. Anise. Little to no linger. I let this rest a while longer hoping for a better experience. Still really only astringency I'm experiencing. There might still be some citrus or stone fruit hidden in these depths but they are fleeting. Minty and still funky, I can't say this is my favorite profile; I've loved absolutely everything else from Wild Turkey, but this bottle is a bit of a miss for me.


Rating: 3/5


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