Flying SouthWest Airlines means drinking Wild Turkey 101. As a result, I resisted trying the Rare Breed believing it to be simply more of the same. That’s not necessarily a bad thing…it’s just not a great thing. That was an unfortunate mistake on my part. I have been very pleasantly surprised by this offering of Wild Turkey and it has earned a permanent place on my shelf. Of course, I’m the guy always looking for the perfect 5.00 cigar and the perfect bourbon for under 40.00. You can score a 750 ml bottle of Barrel Proof 112.8 for right around that price level. This makes the “price per sip” ratio and the “enjoyment per sip” ratio both just about perfect.
Toby Keith said it in his “Whiskey Girl” music, “…she needs something with a little more edge and a little more pain.” Not being a masochist, it’s interesting that Rare Breed brings that edge but the pain is pure enjoyment. The reddish-orange color is beautiful to see. In fact, I have a hard time taking my eyes off of it. Surprisingly, you don’t get much alcohol burn when testing the aromas and this makes the caramel nose even more enjoyable. The taste is of oak and sweet caramel and it has a long smooth finish. I drink it neat, but some would consider it hot. However for me, it’s right in my sweet spot. There are better bourbons and certainly better whiskeys, but you should consider visiting with Wild Turkey Rare Breed soon. Your flight might surprise you.