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My last installment of the bottles I bought in N.C. this one was the W.T. barrel proof Rare Breed. The people at the Wild Turkey distillery produce an odd proof when they bottle Rare Breed (108.2/54.1%) which is quite lower than most bottlings and its only a little higher from its popular W.T. 101 which made it a fine candidate to be tasted.
Nose: Oranges, tobacco, and fall baking spices i.e. (nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice), Even at 108.2 proof there isn't an offending amount of alcohol. Great so far..
Body: Medium with a slight oily mouthfeel.
Taste: Relatively smooth, definitely tingles the tongue at 54.1% ABV, notes of vanilla, oak, rye, dark chocolate or cocoa. The blend of 6, 8, and 12 year blend that makes up Rare Breed makes this an interesting dram.
Finish: Relatively short to medium most of the flavors drop away as soon as you swallow except for a few. Inside the drying and spicy finish those few flavors consist of a predominately lingering tobacco flavor with a little dark chocolate and rye intertwined.