Monday, 24 March 2014

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Spirit Name:

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Buy score:

Kentucky, USA
Slightly oily 
Near perfect 
Best served:
Neat, with water, mixed

Its aroma fills the room and suddenly, for whatever reason, the lyrics from John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" start pounding in my head. It was at that first whiff I knew I was in for a wild ride that made me ponder just one question at every turn: Can a bourbon get any better? With powdered brown sugar, wood, vanilla, raisins, toasted coconut, mild chocolate, salted caramel, almonds, red pepper, spice and a twist of mint all in near perfect harmony, this uncut barrel proof Wild Turkey is bourbon at its finest. Just like a wild Kentucky stallion - fierce yet elegant, just as nature intended.    

Tasting notes:
Nose: This bourbon has a gentle yet hugely complex bouquet. Powdered brown sugar mingles with sparks of paprika as smoothing layers of vanilla, mild chocolate and salted caramel moderates the big drying wood notes. There is something spectacular about this whiskey, because as it sweltered in the Kentucky sun it absorbed some delightful notes from the oak - toasted coconut emerges, much like a macaroon with shades of vanilla and cocoa. There is an aspect of earthiness too, with the grain shining with dried fruit - raisins, apricot and sweet strawberry sauce. There is a curious, very mild, maple syrup theme and a brown vinegar that cuts through the sweetness. 

Taste: A velvet hammer, this whiskey hits the tongue with a thunderous clap and ignites flavours of oak and cayenne pepper all gelled together with the sweetness of maple, sultana, dates and bite of pickled ginger.There is much more wood and spice than on the nose, but the sweetness and undercurrents of vanilla act as a counterbalance.

Finish: The flavours linger on the palate, gradually drying as the wood becomes more dominant. With that comes some cocoa, hints of coffee, glazed cherry compote with vanilla pods and the faintest cinnamon.
Big. Powerful. Complex. Smooth. Interesting.... boom boom!

$72 (Aus)

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