30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 21 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Jacob’s Liquor Exchange Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 5.

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 Jacob’s Liquor Exchange in Wichita, Kansas.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Jacob’s Liquor Store Pick  (Barrel #82, Rickhouse G, Floor 5) (110 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Chris Crow and Jay Cary)

Nose: Chocolate; toffee; over-roasted coffee beans; heavy acetone burn; butter; hard butterscotch candy; prune.  Decent, but we struggle to find the additional layers beyond the acetone burn and the chocolate, toffee and coffee bean. (3/5)

Palate: Spicier generally than many of the other Russell’s Reserve Single Barrels, with more heat; not complex; burning and bitter; vanilla; a little toffee; red cherry; baking chocolate dark tanic wine at the end of the palate. (2.5/5)

Finish: Medium, but the only thing that really lingers is burn; baking chocolate and spice, but overshadowed by heat.  (2.5/5)

Overall:  This Russell Reserver Store Pick from Jacob’s Liquor is just too spicy/hot, which dominate an otherwise muted flavor bourbon.  The flavor feels lower proof, but the burn over proof.  (2.5/5)

Value:  This bottle was on the pricier end of where we have seen the Russell’s Reserve Store Picks.  At $55, we would recommend another store pick or taking your chances with a non-store pick.  (2/5)

“This Russell Reserve Store Pick from Jacob’s Liquor is just too spicy/hot, which dominate an otherwise muted flavor bourbon.”

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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