Very inviting with some warm butterscotch notes right up front. Minimal ethanol. Little hints of peanut butter with slight touches cinnamon and allspice. Reminds me of a great fall dessert. But when you swirl the glass, the herbal notes come through – good amounts of mint.
Very spice forward on the front palate. Some mint notes follow immediately on the mid palate. You get hints if citrus – a tad sour (but good). The spice transitions here. It’s peppery but almost taken over with a licorice taste. It may sound strange but it hangs on with almost a touch of key lime.
It’s not as long as I would like, but it lasts longer than 101 rye and Cornerstone. You get a tremendous amount of sweetness in the finish and it carries the warmth from the first sip. It truly finishes up just like a good slice of key lime pie.
Rare Breed Rye Overall
It’s easy for me to say as a Wild Turkey guy that I enjoy this pour. I loved Cornerstone and 101 is a staple in my house. But Rare Breed Rye is what true Turkey fans have wanted for a long time. I said Cornerstone was the product that showed Wild Turkey’s commitment to rye for the future. Well this is it, and it’s here to stay. If you want a cinnamon/allspice crusted key lime pie, then get a bottle – you won’t be disappointed.
Added Water: After 5 drops of water, the butterscotch is nearly gone from the nose and the mint has faded. After 10 drops of water, it’s orange citrus with strong vanilla caramel notes.
*Full disclosure: I warm my palate before tasting any bourbon. Typically with a potato vodka. It’s always treated me better and I feel I get a much better nose and finish by doing this.
**Admin Disclosure: Brantley is known for his love of all things Turkey.