Once again, it's been a while since I've reviewed anything so I thought I'd kill this heel of a bottle that's been open for about a year. Wild Turkey Rare Breed is bottled at barrel proof (so the ABV may vary, depending on the bottle you buy) and contains 6 to 12 year old whiskies.
The colour is a dark caramel. On the nose we have cotton candy, black liquorice, cloves, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Mint. Cigar box. Black cherries. Caramel corn. Candied pecans. Charred oak. You wouldn't think this was 58.4% ABV based on the nose, which has little alcohol burn and lots of sweet, candied flavours. A few drops of water bring out malt and wood smoke. Pretty great, though a bit on the sweet side for me.
Oaky on the palate with more dark chocolate, pecan, butter tart, cayenne and a hint of maple. Again, remarkably smooth (maybe a bit too smooth?) for such a high ABV. Water makes things a bit spicier while also adding a sourdough note. Classic bourbon flavours in full effect here.
The finish is oaky with over-steeped tea, black pepper, more cloves and liquorice all-sorts. Although water improves things a bit, you really don't need to dilute this at all - the high ABV never makes itself too apparent. I've always been hit and miss on Wild Turkey but this one works quite well. The balance tilts a bit toward the sweet notes rather than the spice or oak, so if that is your preference - with a high ABV - you will really enjoy this.