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    Flakes in Rare Breed

    I know this is barrel strength and unfiltered, but after I bought the bottle and had a look at it in the sun, I noticed white flakes all through out. I can see the cork and it looks intact and I don't see any dark mold-like spots. These flakes aren't the normal looking broad and flat, they are more stringy.

    Is this the oils/fats that have cooled or is this some sort of cork flake that has come off?
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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    I have noticed this in bottles of Rare Breed and in both cases it was obviously cork sediment. I suspect this is true in your case as well.

    Rare Breed bottles are the only current whiskies I've had such cork problems with.

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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    It's weird, I cra ked it open and the cork looks perfect O_O.


    Tastes good though...better thqn my expectations actually.
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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    This has happened to me from rare breed and surprisingly FR1b. The flakes are from the cork. You can fix it with a coffee filter and pouring the whiskey into another bottle, preferably one without a cork top. And then write a letter to all the bourbon bottlers pleading with them to stop using corks.

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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    More than likely something carried through from the still. Fat probably.

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    Red face Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmac View Post
    I know this is barrel strength and unfiltered, but after I bought the bottle and had a look at it in the sun, I noticed white flakes all through out. I can see the cork and it looks intact and I don't see any dark mold-like spots. These flakes aren't the normal looking broad and flat, they are more stringy.

    Is this the oils/fats that have cooled or is this some sort of cork flake that has come off?
    It might not be unfiltered. There was discussion back in 2010 that all Wild Turkey was chill filtered but that the new release of Rare Breed would not be. This was in 2010 and what BourbonJoe was told by Jimmy Russell but...has there been a new release of Rare Breed? Hard to tell as the label and bottle top have been the same for many years and still W-T-03RB. Jburlowski got an e-mail response from them that this was a trade secret. There was also some discussion on BE and whether Russell ala Wheatley even knew what he was talking about.

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...t=12507&page=2
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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    Didnt someone say that the higher the proof, the less impact chillfiltration has on a whiskey?

    The label says "hand crafted and uncut with water". I know that doesnt say too much....but I think it's their way of suggesting it's unfiltered....though i cant imagine why they wouldnt advertise it.
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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    UPDATE: Well there's good news; it is NOT cork. It was coagulated fat/oil. The liquor store was very cold and my house isn't quite as cold (room temp). I checked this morning and there were no flakes or specs. I double checked the cork and no filaments or flakes rubbed off.

    That tells me....Rare Breed is NOT chill filtered. No wonder it was so yummy!
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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmac View Post
    UPDATE: Well there's good news; it is NOT cork. It was coagulated fat/oil. The liquor store was very cold and my house isn't quite as cold (room temp). I checked this morning and there were no flakes or specs. I double checked the cork and no filaments or flakes rubbed off.

    That tells me....Rare Breed is NOT chill filtered. No wonder it was so yummy!
    I'm still not convinced. Its the cork I tell you. THE CORK!!!

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    Re: Flakes in Rare Breed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer View Post
    I'm still not convinced. Its the cork I tell you. THE CORK!!!
    LoL!!! Too bad they don't have a shake fist emote (or shake fish emote O_O)
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