30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 23 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Specs Wine and Spirit Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 7.

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.

Over the past few days we have brought to you a series of different Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bottlings.  Today, we bring you this last store pick, from Specs Wine and Spirits in Huston, Texas.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Specs Wine and Spirits Store Pick (Barrel #3101, Rickhouse G, Floor 6) (110 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Chris Crow and Jay Cary)

Nose: Pepper; floral perfume; rock candy; cotton candy; caramel syrup; sweet cherry tobacco; louisiana hot sauce, grape soda.  (3.5/5)

Palate: A bit thin; pepper; butter; thin salted caramel syrup; mint.  Wow, a huge change from the nose, and not for the better.  (2.5/5)

Finish: Medium-short; salt; mint; baking spice; pepper; salted caramel.  (3/5)

Overall: The nose and palate on this Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Specs Wine and Spirits Store Pick don’t play well together. However, the nose is pretty good and the finish rounds out nicely.  (3/5)

Value:  This one registers at the high end of the Russell’s Reserve pricing that we have seen.  At $55, we aren’t quite satisfied.  (2.5/5)

“The nose and palate on this Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Specs Wine and Spirits Store Pick don’t play well together.”

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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