Nose – Big. This rye reaches right up to say hello, and it does it with caramel and fruit. Digging deeper the citrus that (for me) tends to come through as a deep orange in most Turkey products is showing up as a much brighter lemon note. Really interesting and fruity and spicy all at the same time. There is spice in there, but it’s noticeably different than, say, Wild Turkey 101 Rye. This is dark rich pepper spice and it mixes very nicely with the sweet wave of caramel and that brighter citrusy note.
Taste – Well hello! Wow. This is Rare Breed through and through. This turns up to 11 and does it immediately. There’s an outstanding mouthfeel here unlike any Wild Turkey product I’ve had as of this post. I’d go as far as to call the palate luxurious. There’s nice sweet vanilla that quickly turns into what I can only describe to you as Fruit Loops cereal. Bright, fruity, and sweet. Then the pepper comes in, and comes in with full force. This is a flavor roller coaster ride, and I mean that in a great way.
Finish – As the velvety and striking mouthfeel slowly gives way into the rest of this sip I feel like the roller coaster stops but the ride hasn’t ended. Most certainly a long finish by my measure. I can continually get waves of sweet brown sugary caramel that mix with citrus and some oak shows up to the party as well. Finally that big spicy pepper bomb takes over–and then it’s a lather, rinse, repeat of this finish.