Discover the differences between Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon vs Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye in this head to head comparison and decide which is better for You!
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon
|Nose||Vanilla, caramel, oak|
|Palate||Baking spice, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, old leather|
|Finish||Vanilla, old leather, oak char|
|Alcohol content||116 proof (58% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Wild Turkey 101, Old Forester 1920|
Both the Rare Breed Bourbon and Rye are uncut (no water dilution) and unfiltered whiskeys providing a fully-flavored experience.
The difference lies in the mash bill with the Rare Breed Rye carrying just above 51% rye grain in the mash providing a moderate spicy touch.
On the nose, the Rare Breed offers an aroma rich in honey, along cinnamon, charred oak and very little ethanol to it.
On the palate, the Rare Breed Bourbon delivers a good creamy texture, pleasing warmth up-front, with butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla and oak.
The finish is medium to long, warming, rich in vanilla, old leather and the signature Wild Turkey charred oak note.
It drinks warm as you might expect from something bottled at 116 proof, yet it does not overwhelm as it is sweet and satisfying.
In fact, it drinks quite nicely as it has a creamy texture and rich sweetness well balanced against oaky and spicy notes.
The Rare Breed Bourbon is one of the best in its class and it tastes better than bottles priced twice as much making it a champ in terms of value for the money and the Best Wild Turkey Bourbon!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wild Turkey Rare Breed:
- Rare Breed is a blend of whiskeys aged between 6 and 8 years and 12 years.
- The mash bill is made from 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley.
- Gold at the New York International Spirits Competition 2020.
- Wild Turkey belongs to the Campari Group based in Milan, Italy.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye
|Nose||Vanilla, butterscotch, citrus|
|Palate||Fruity, rye-spice, cinnamon, black pepper|
|Finish||Long, chocolate, rye spice, oak char|
|Alcohol content||112 proof (56% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Wild Turkey 101 Rye|
On the nose, the Rare Breed is more a bourbon than a rye as it is rich in vanilla and butterscotch with very little rye spice.
On the palate is hits with a bit of heat on the first sip, but quite restrained when considering the high proof. Heat gives way to a sweet fruity note, followed by a pleasant hit of rye spice, cinnamon and black pepper.
The finish is long and warming, leaving a pleasant bitter chocolate note behind along mild rye spice and oak char.
This is a nice sip, it has a creamy texture and moderately warm, a large ice ball is enough to open-up the Rare Breed bringing more of that nice bitter chocolate note.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Rare Breed Rye:
- This offering is a blend of whiskeys aged for 4, 6 and 8 years.
- Rare Breed only has 51% rye grain in the mash providing a mild spicy note.
Rare Breed Bourbon vs Rare Breed Rye: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon||$56|
|Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye||$47|
Rare Breed Bourbon vs Rare Breed Rye: Which is better?
Rare Breed Bourbon is the sits on top of the pecking order
- The Rare Breed Rye is a good within its category but the Rare Breed Bourbon is the best Wild Turkey whiskey and one of the best bourbons you can buy today.
- It’s moderately warm but it drinks incredibly nicely, with rich vanilla and butterscotch notes perfectly balanced against oak and leather.
- Not to mention a thick creamy body that keeps you coming back for more.
- The Rare Breed Bourbon is a pour that I can’t recommend enough!
- I’m yet to entirely like Wild Turkey’s rye whiskeys as the signature oak char note along the rye spice hit can be overwhelming at times.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!