30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 20 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – R&J Discount Liquor Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 4.

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.

Earlier, we provided you background on the Russell’s Reserve brand.  We reviewed several different bottles, but today we review a Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel store pick from R&J Discount Liquor in Wichita, Kansas.  For more information, see our notes from our very first Pick of the Month.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – R&J Store Pick  (Barrel #394, Rickhouse K, Floor 5) (110 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Chris Crow and Jay Cary)

Nose:   Caramel and Butterscotch; cherry cola; apricot/tangerine; raisin; the alcohol is maybe too present but its not acetone; almond; dry oak; chocolate.  (3.5/5)

Palate:  Creamy; rich creme brulé; unsalted butter; Nestle Crunch; vanilla; oak.  This one was on the edge of rating even higher.  (4/5)

Finish:  Medium; raisin sweetness redeveloped; almond; lingering caramel-chocolate; salted caramel; toffee.  A ton of candy bar flavors on the finish. (4.5/5)

Overall:  This bottle of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel from R&J is solid from start to finish. The only downgrade may be the amount of alcohol burn on the nose.  (4/5)

Value: A great bottle at a really great price ($39).  If you are here in Wichita, pick one up before Flight Club gets to the rest.   (4.5/5)

“This bottle of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel from R&J is solid from start to finish.”

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