Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#5 • Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Straight Rye

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye bottle shot
  • Rank: 5
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 94
  • Price: $60
  • ABV: 56.1%
  • Style: Straight Rye
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

Rare Breed bourbon enjoys notoriety as a great value, and this new rye stands shoulder to shoulder with it. A gift for Wild Turkey fans from master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell, it’s not chill-filtered, making it even more full-bodied and rich. Zesty aromas of mint, eucalyptus, pine, and cedar chest mingle with sliced orange, candied strawberry, and sweet pecans on the nose, and that profile carries over into the nutty, spiced, herbaceous, and citrus-sweet flavors of the palate. With water the full spectrum of flavors—and the harmonious interplay of grain and barrel—reveal themselves, leaving an unforgettable impression of perfectly controlled power. —Susannah Skiver Barton