Rare Breed is a "barrel-proof bourbon," meaning it is bottled directly from a variety of barrels at the proof it reaches in those barrels, with no added water to lower the proof or dilute the flavor. This bourbon is a unique marriage of Wild Turkey 6-, 8- and 12-year-old stocks, which give the whiskey a rich, exceptional flavor that is remarkably smooth, considering its high alcohol content. It is assertive with hints of light oranges, mint, and tones of sweet tobacco that will remind you of your grandfather's pipe-bowl. Rare Breed is the recipient of a Gold Medal at the 2000 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Wild Turkey uses only natural processes and has no added flavors or colors. Wild Turkey's reputation rests on the product's consistency in taste, color and aroma - all standards by which connoisseurs gauge bourbon's quality. At a time when the temptation to shed age-old customs in favor of more time or cost-efficient practices is often a priority, Wild Turkey is one of the few remaining distilleries to bear the mantle of tradition with grace and a noble heritage. Jimmy Russell summarizes, "We make Wild Turkey the old-fashioned way. It's a totally natural process which takes substantially more time and money, but we believe it's worth it."
Jimmy Russell keeps his Rare Breed in the freezer so he doesn't have to add ice, which would melt and ultimately dilute the flavor. The finish of the Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon is long, warm and nutty and lingers in the mouth with hints of hot peppers and well-toasted whole wheat bread.