The Best Cask Strength Whiskeys

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

You may not think of Wild Turkey as premium bourbon, but father-and-son distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell would beg to differ, especially when it comes to their Rare Breed, a 112.8 proof barrel proof whiskey that "is as good as cask proof gets," according to Polonskiy. It's a blend of eight- to 12-year-old bourbons that hit that sweet spot of where bourbon should be before getting bottled as cask proof, where it's not too oaky from the older bourbons or too edgy from the younger ones. It has a bold nose leading to a well-balanced, nutty palate. This is a barrel proof you can drink neat — it doesn't even need water or ice. "Just drink it," Polonskiy added. ($42.99,

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