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Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Big, assertive and well balanced

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

15th Aug 2012


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Wild Turkey is distilled and bottled by Austin Nichols & Co., a division of the Campari Group. Rare Breed is one of the premium releases in the Wild Turkey range, a marriage of 6-, 8- and 12-year old stocks, resulting in an undiluted, cask-strength Bourbon. This review refers to a bottle from batch no. W-T-01-99.

The nose is incredibly sweet, yielding molasses, honey, oranges and some vanilla. There is also a peppery touch to it. This is unlike anything I have ever smelled before. Clearly, this is a big, big nose!

The palate is full-bodied, thick and very creamy. With the sweetness come oranges, vanilla and a hint of tobacco.

The finish is long, warm, fruity and spicy. I detected honey and dark chocolate.

Without doubt this is a big and assertive whiskey! It is almost perfectly balanced, I should say, but a little too sweet for my taste.

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