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jinenjo
12-20-2006, 22:24
I've only purchased one version of the WT Rare Breed. I believe it is 56.+%. Without question it is impressive whiskey.

Recently, I saw what looked like an older bottling. The label was different, and the neck said, if I can recall, WT 02 91. It was 55% abv.

Is this an older bottling, or brand new?

Which leads to my next question:
Are there some versions that are far better than others?

I tried to search on the forums, but couldn't find results.
If you have a link or any answers I'd like to know.

Cheers and good tidings!
-Lear

Virus_Of_Life
12-20-2006, 22:33
This was actually originally posted by Dawn (luv2hunt) so I cannot take any credit, I just keep it in my bourbon notes word document among other info I want to have handy.

Wild Turkey:
Rare Breed Bottlings:
1) W-T-01-91 (109.6 proof) First Issue
2) W-T-01-93 (110.8 proof)
3) W-T-03-93 (111.4 proof)
4) W-T-03-94 (109.6 proof)
5) W-T-01-95 (109 proof)
6) W-T-01-97 (108.6 proof)
7) W-T-01-97 (118.6 proof)
8) W-T-01-99 (108.4 proof)
9) WT 03RB (108.2 proof)

It appears you either stumbled onto a previously unknown version 02-91 or Dawn or I had a typo... If it is really a W-T-02-91 and 112+ proof it may be one previously unknown. Either way the one you saw was one of the earliest versions and I'd go buy it either for yourself or trade material.

As to which is better I couldn't tell you, I'd love to assemble the whole list and be able to decide, but haven't tasted but only 1 I think. I can tell you that pretty much everyone states the latest WT 03RB is outstanding...

Again I am no expert just relaying info...

Old Lamplighter
12-20-2006, 23:22
I was watching the movie, Christmas Vacation, the other night. There is a scene where Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie) tells Chevy Chase that his (Eddie's) daughter could not make the trip because she was in rehab to "get off of the Wild Turkey". That's going to be me if WT-03RB ever becomes a regular pour for me.:cool:

jinenjo
12-21-2006, 13:36
Thanks for the list, Christian.
Very interesting...
I did pick up the bottle today. Here's a poor quality pic of the label. (My digital camera is being stubborn). Sure enough the back label is dated 5/5/92 and the neck reads: W-T-02-91. 55% 110 proof.

I asked the guy when he got the whiskey in stock and he said a couple of weeks ago. That still doesn't indicate that it's new though.

Anyone have a take on this????

-Lear

HighTower
12-21-2006, 13:46
Yeah, that's an old bottle alright.....it should even have the flying turkey embossed in the glass above the label. If this retailer has only had it for a couple of weeks, it seems theres some real dusty bottles sitting in a warehouse somewhere???

Scott

jinenjo
12-21-2006, 13:51
You're right. It's got the embossed bird. My web cam photo wouldn't dare get that in focus.

Perhaps we'll have to amend that list of Christian's...


Cheers!
-Lear

TBoner
10-25-2007, 17:41
Thanks for the original posting of this list, Dawn, and to Christian and Lear for bringing it up last December.

I'm bring it up again because I have managed to accumulate the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, and 9th bottlings of this stuff (those numbers are based on the original list posted: I don't have the 02-91, which is I guess actually the 2nd bottling). I wasn't really trying to start a RB collection, but now I've got half of the versions issued, I'm beginning to think...eh, why not?:cool:

I usually collect to drink, but I haven't cracked any of the RBs (except the last two, which I can get more of), and there's a finite number of bottlings to hunt down. So, the question is, how many of these other bottlings are floating around out there? Any old bottling I've seen, I've bought, and I've been all over this city. Does anyone have a complete collection (Dawn, I assume if anyone does, it's you...or at least that you're close)?

luv2hunt
10-25-2007, 18:57
No, I don't have them all....but I have the first few :)

Is this a correct...updated list:

Wild Turkey:
Rare Breed Bottlings:
1) W-T-01-91 (109.6 proof) First Issue
2) W-T-02-91 (110 proof)
3) W-T-01-93 (110.8 proof)
4) W-T-03-93 (111.4 proof)
5) W-T-03-94 (109.6 proof)
6) W-T-01-95 (109 proof)
7) W-T-01-96 (108.8 proof)
8) W-T-01-97 (108.6 proof)
9) W-T-01-97 (118.6 proof)
10) W-T-01-99 (108.4 proof)
11) WT 03RB (108.2 proof)

Except now I screwed up all the numbers by adding two in!! :bigeyes::bigeyes:

TBoner
10-25-2007, 19:00
Okay, so I now have less than half.:grin:

I do have #1,3,8,10, and 11.

Still, it's a start. And, if anyone else is after these, I can possibly hook you up with #8 (01-97, 108.6 proof).

luv2hunt
10-25-2007, 19:04
I checked the bunker....I have two of #1 and one #3....unopened ;)

Barrel_Proof
10-25-2007, 19:11
I am pretty sure that there is only one W-T-01-97. Mine is 108.6 proof. I believe the 118.6 listing is a typo.

A bottling missing from the list is W-T-02-95 at 109 proof.

luv2hunt
10-25-2007, 19:30
Now remember, I made this list originally off reports from others....so how's this:

Wild Turkey:
Rare Breed Bottlings:
1) W-T-01-91 (109.6 proof) First Issue
2) W-T-02-91 (110 proof)
3) W-T-01-93 (110.8 proof)
4) W-T-03-93 (111.4 proof)
5) W-T-03-94 (109.6 proof)
6) W-T-01-95 (109 proof)
7) W-T-02-95 (109 proof)
8) W-T-01-96 (108.8 proof)
9) W-T-01-97 (108.6 proof)
10) W-T-01-99 (108.4 proof)
11) WT 03RB (108.2 proof)

Delete and Addition corrections made

Barrel_Proof
10-25-2007, 19:33
I suspect, too, that there was a second batch of 93 and a first and second batch of 94, but I wouldn't change the list until they've actually been found!

luv2hunt
10-25-2007, 19:34
Nah....couldn't be!

spun_cookie
04-10-2008, 11:29
W-T-01-94 112.2 proof

can be added to the list

funknik
11-17-2008, 20:22
I just picked two very dusty bottles of the W-T-01-96. The Twins (as they will be referred to) will be the first two bottles in my "bunker" and I'm excited to have found them -- till now I've only had a stable of open bottles, but here I've started my collection. The spot I picked them up is actually a pizza joint that happens to double as a liquor store & has a very extensive whiskey collection (for Maine)...it also, fortunately, seems to be frequented by folks who shop off the bottom shelf as every bottle (of anything: whiskey, wine, vodka) over $15.99 has an inch of dust on it. Good for me.
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff159/funknik/100_1568.jpg
(http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:void%280%29;)

funknik
01-21-2009, 13:55
Does anyone know when the Rare Breed started coming in the cardboard tube? Is it just the current bottling (WT03RB) or did it start eartlier than that?

birdman1099
01-21-2009, 14:10
My 99 versions had them

Buffalo Bill
01-29-2009, 10:21
Now remember, I made this list originally off reports from others....so how's this:

Wild Turkey:
Rare Breed Bottlings:
1) W-T-01-91 (109.6 proof) First Issue
2) W-T-02-91 (110 proof)
3) W-T-01-93 (110.8 proof)
4) W-T-03-93 (111.4 proof)
5) W-T-03-94 (109.6 proof)
6) W-T-01-95 (109 proof)
7) W-T-02-95 (109 proof)
8) W-T-01-96 (108.8 proof)
9) W-T-01-97 (108.6 proof)
10) W-T-01-99 (108.4 proof)
11) WT 03RB (108.2 proof)

Delete and Addition corrections made


Wow... thanks for this report. There isn't a day that goes by when I'm not hunting for previous versions of WTRB, I love the stuff - it's in my Top-10 favorite bourbon. I'm working on a W-T-01-99 that is to die for. You guys have been lucky out there - an 02-91 ??? I would have jumped on that bottle. BB

hectic1
08-08-2009, 05:37
I have found a source with multiple bottles of the W-T-01-99 and WT03RB versions. They are currently listed at $35.99 but he would deal on them...my question is, which version is considered to be a better batch?

OscarV
08-08-2009, 05:51
my question is, which version is considered to be a better batch?

The older the better.

Lab Walker
08-09-2009, 13:05
Well, I got some of #11 WT-3RB @ $21.89...
A close out from the good ole PA State Store...It was sitting all by itself on a shelf with the rest of the close outs....
a diamond all alone!
Reminds me, I watched 10,000 BC...ugh. They had pre-historic giant wild turkeys eating the cave men!!! haha

jburlowski
08-09-2009, 17:06
The older the better.

The cheaper the better.

jburlowski
08-09-2009, 17:07
The cheaper the better.

On second thought... if Oscar is buying, the better!

OscarV
08-09-2009, 17:52
On second thought... if Oscar is buying, the better!

I opened up a 1994 WTRB yesterday and shared it all SB.com members that was here but I didn't see you.

jburlowski
08-10-2009, 16:38
I opened up a 1994 WTRB yesterday and shared it all SB.com members that was here but I didn't see you.


Story of my life... a few hundred miles away holding an empty glass. :cool:

hectic1
08-26-2009, 19:24
Found some WTRB 01-93's and 01-97's today...any idea which one I should get? I can only fit one in my suitcase.:(