30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 18 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Belmont Store Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 2.

Over the month of November 2017, Flight Club will be bringing you  “30 Turkeys in 30 days.”  Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product.  Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Yesterday, we provided you background on the Russell’s Reserve brand, and reviewed a 2013 Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bottling.  Today, we review another old label Russell’s Reserve, this time a Belmont Beverage store pick out of South Bend, Indiana.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Belmont Beverage Store Pick (Barrel #2281, Rickhouse O, Floor 3) (old label) (110 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Phil HarveyChris Crow and Jay Cary)

Nose: Chocolate covered cherry mash; grape juice; brown sugar/butterscotch; butter; ethanol heat; musty leather; tobacco,; mushroom/potting soil.  (3.5/5)

Palate: Burst of flavor; salted caramel; blackberry; cherry; herbal; oak; Fig Newton; tobacco.  (4/5)

Finish: Long; herbal; lasting blackberry; oak; lingering heat; Fig Newton; sea salt; tobacco.  (3.5/5)

Overall: This Russell’s Reserve brought forward some of the funky/dusty notes  of old Wild Turkey, which is quite enjoyable.  An overall solid bourbon.  (3.5/5)

Value: This bottle was purchased in the previous 3 months at a price of $39.  We were all more than satisfied with that price for this pour.  (4/5)

“This Russell’s Reserve brought forward some of the funky/dusty notes  of old Wild Turkey, which is quite enjoyable.”

Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

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