Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.” The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment. We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and us comment and feedback.
Bottle: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (R&J Discount Liquor Store Pick)
Location: R&J Discount Liquor, 3015 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas (http://www.rjdiscountliquor.com/)
Producer: Wild Turkey
Age: NAS (reported to be in the 8-9 year range)
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley
Russell’s Reserve is a mid- to top-shelf offering by Wild Turkey and the Campari Group. As one of the products named after the worlds’ longest-tenured active master distiller Jimmy Russell, Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel was first launched in 2013. Then it carried the “small batch” label, but in 2015 was rebranded as “single barrel.”
While you will likely find non-store-picks on the shelves across Wichita and beyond, and even some store-picks elsewhere, this bottle was selected because R&J’s pricing is well below market value, and we believe this to be an exceptional pour at an exceptional price. Please, comment below and let us know if you agree!