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sob0728
04-07-2012, 16:27
I am going to go higher end WT today. Should I go with the KS for $37.99 or the RB for $29.99? Any suggestions or thoughts?

Bmac
04-07-2012, 16:56
I have often wondered this before I ever joined the board. I mostly read through Bourbon Enthusiast.com's tasting enough to determine that both are very different. Therefore calling one over the other is tough.

KS is a "single barrel product" that based on other reports, has been getting steadily younger, hotter and with more edges. So, if you can find the pewter or dark top...go for that.

Rare Breed is a barrel strength product. I have no idea on it's age. Personally, I have been leaning towards getting that because it offers more value in terms of experience. You can cut this to various proofs and enjoy it so many different ways. With KS...you're more limited.

That's my take on it. My vote is Rare Breed....unless you can get a dusty of KS.

tommyj1986
04-07-2012, 16:58
I've had a couple newer bottling of KS and its good, but if I recall correctly I liked the RB more myself as well.

jburlowski
04-07-2012, 17:01
RBI without a doubt. KS is, sadly, a shadow of its former self.

unclebunk
04-07-2012, 17:04
I've rarely found that the extra money for the KS was worth it. Rare Breed has consistently delivered good quality for me, so that's where I'd head if given the choice. Either way, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

JayMonster
04-07-2012, 17:04
I am going to go higher end WT today. Should I go with the KS for $37.99 or the RB for $29.99? Any suggestions or thoughts?

If I could get Rare Breed at $30, it would probably be my everyday pour.

sob0728
04-07-2012, 17:13
Well, that makes it easy. Thanks guys.

Brisko
04-07-2012, 21:58
Late to the party, but) is the way to go.

ebo
04-08-2012, 06:57
Personally, I don't think KS is any better than RB... just a little different. RB is my choice, for no other reason than price. Both are worth having.

cigarnv
04-08-2012, 07:17
Rare Breed for me...

fricky
04-08-2012, 07:32
No contest. Rare Breed is my favorite of the 2.

kyrocklover
04-08-2012, 13:09
Another vote for Rare Breed.

spinningrecords
04-08-2012, 21:37
I like them both but give the nod to RB.

Bmac
04-09-2012, 06:21
Wow, that is the most concensus I have seen about one product over another. I think that seals the deal for me too. I suspect my next purchase will be RB.

Thanks for making this thread!

thezenone
04-09-2012, 15:18
I actually disagree with most people on this forum regarding this topic, I like KS better than RB. In fact I ended up trading my bottle of RB for some Johnnie Walker Double Black, which was a steal IMO. I thought the bottle of RB I had recently was lacking in flavor and depth. Both the KS and RB were recent releases. For the money I'd rather have OWA than either KS or RB, so take that for what it's worth.

trumpstylz
04-09-2012, 18:51
RB. Just more interesting. And the ages are on the bottle- 6, 8, and 12 year (but we have no idea what percent each one makes up).

Bourbon Boiler
04-09-2012, 19:16
WTKS is one of my go-to's. If you get a dark top, it's a no-decision. I'd still prefer the light top to RB on sheer quality, but the WTRB is probably the better value.

Clavius
04-09-2012, 19:20
Rare Breed. I love the barrel proof bourbons.

Roadsaw
04-09-2012, 20:12
Rare Breed just beats out KS for me.

ratcheer
04-10-2012, 07:07
I prefer Kentucky Spirit for those times when I want a really special drink, such as when I have an old friend over, whom I have not seen in a long time. To me, KS is a very elegant pour. On the other hand, all of my bottles of KS are fairly old, maybe 10 years or so, and I have no idea how they compare to the more current bottlings. Mine are superb.

That said, I also really enjoy Rare Breed, just on different sorts of occasions. I like Rare Breed when I want something better than an everyday pour. For some reason, I like RB as a large drink, which to me is about 2 1/2 oz over a nice pile of fresh ice cubes. Heaven in a glass!

Tim

unclebunk
04-10-2012, 07:44
I prefer Kentucky Spirit for those times when I want a really special drink, such as when I have an old friend over, whom I have not seen in a long time. To me, KS is a very elegant pour. On the other hand, all of my bottles of KS are fairly old, maybe 10 years or so, and I have no idea how they compare to the more current bottlings. Mine are superb.

That said, I also really enjoy Rare Breed, just on different sorts of occasions. I like Rare Breed when I want something better than an everyday pour. For some reason, I like RB as a large drink, which to me is about 2 1/2 oz over a nice pile of fresh ice cubes. Heaven in a glass!

Tim

How true, Tim. My sentiments exactly. Hope things are well down in Pelham!

B1bomber
04-11-2012, 12:58
Where does one get Rare Breed under $30? I seldom see it below $45 here in NJ, most of the time it hovers around $50. And KS is usually in that same bracket, $45 or so.

JayMonster
04-11-2012, 13:06
Where does one get Rare Breed under $30? I seldom see it below $45 here in NJ, most of the time it hovers around $50. And KS is usually in that same bracket, $45 or so.

Every Shop-Rite Liquors I have been to in NJ has it for $39, as does Shopper's Vineyard. (That's not $30, but it is better than $50)

sob0728
04-11-2012, 13:13
Where does one get Rare Breed under $30? I seldom see it below $45 here in NJ, most of the time it hovers around $50. And KS is usually in that same bracket, $45 or so.

Minnesota! It's so damn cold here in the winter they give us a break on whiskey prices. They know we need it to warm up.

unclebunk
04-11-2012, 13:17
Where does one get Rare Breed under $30? I seldom see it below $45 here in NJ, most of the time it hovers around $50. And KS is usually in that same bracket, $45 or so.

Here in Chicagoland I often shop at one of the nearby Binny's stores where RB goes for $40 and KS sells for $50. Of course, being the cheap ass that I am, I usually wait for items above $35 to go on sale, particularly when Binny's runs their 15% off deals. And other stores in my area frequently have RB at $37 or so as a regular price (with KS at $45-$47), so I guess we're quite fortunate in that regard.

gblick
04-11-2012, 17:27
My vote goes to the RB, which is usually at least $10 cheaper than the KS. RB averages about $37 here, but I will only buy it when I find it much cheaper. The last three times I purchased RB (within the past month), it was $30/750ml, $28/750ml, & $15/375ml (the 375ml's were dusty stock W-T-01-99). Plus I prefer the higher proof of the RB over the KS.

clindt
04-11-2012, 22:03
Both are very good, but given the choice, I would buy RB. It is usually $10 cheaper here, too. I really enjoy the flavor of RB and like that it is barrel proof. I would love to try a single barrel RB. It would be the best of both worlds (and probably twice the price too).

Ian S.
04-11-2012, 22:10
Rare Breed FTW

One of the best bourbons regularly found on the shelves.

Max Power
04-11-2012, 22:26
I sampled the RB with SOB. It's was a damn good drinkl. As for where to find it, I've always found this site to be useful. Then again, I prefer to get my booze shipped to me if I'm looking for something hard to find.

Sure, there's a shipping charge...but there's also not sales/liquor tax on state to state purchases.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/wild+turkey+rare+breed+barrel+straight+bourbon+whi sky+kentucky+usa/1/-/-/r

HighTower
04-12-2012, 18:20
I'm with most here with rare Breed, unless you can get a pewter topped KS, some of those I have had have been sublime.....

Have never had a Rare Breed I didn't like!

Scott

Bmac
04-16-2012, 16:42
I broke down and got Rare Breed today. I admit I was skeptical but it turned out to be quite tasty! My tasting notes will br short and quick....Mint Chocolate Chip Cigar. Not as hot as I wouod have thought, but you can feel the slight burn from the younger whiskeys and that deep oaky, tabacco flavor from the older whisky.

Good stuff! :)

jtexaslonestar
04-16-2012, 18:40
I broke down and got Rare Breed today. I admit I was skeptical but it turned out to be quite tasty! My tasting notes will br short and quick....Mint Chocolate Chip Cigar. Not as hot as I wouod have thought, but you can feel the slight burn from the younger whiskeys and that deep oaky, tabacco flavor from the older whisky.

Good stuff! :)

Greeattt....I am having a weak moment and now have resigned to breaking down as well. its not enough that >100 proof is my preference but the deep oaky, tobacco note can be even more intriguing. I will enjoy this:grin: ....so Thanks Bmac!!:toast: