30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 26 (Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary)

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.

Chapter 6, Part 1.

In this Chapter 6, we bring you the finest Wild Turkey products that we have acquired over the past few years, including those in the most recent U.S. releases of Master’s Keep and the 2014 Diamond Anniversary.  We will also bring you reviews a a couple discontinued/single releases that I’m sure you will enjoy (we did!).

Today we review the Diamond Anniversary bottle from 2014.

In Chapter 5, we brought to you the Russell’s family lineage at Wild Turkey, beginning with Jimmy Russell’s 1954 arrival at the company.

Although Jimmy wasn’t promoted to Master Distiller until 1967, in 2014 he had been with the company for 60 years.  To celebrate, Eddie Russell created a blend that would pay “tribute to the tradition and lifelong work that goes into making fine bourbon.”  The Diamond Anniversary is a blend of 13 and 16 year bourbons hand picked by Eddie Russell in honor of his father.   36,000 bottles were released.

According to Eddie,  the 13 year was chosen as it was still close enough to a 12 year (Jimmy famously saying he prefers bourbons 12 years and younger) that he could get away with it without Jimmy getting too upset.   Purportedly he added the 16 year bourbon to the blend to add some familiar wild turkey spice.

This limited edition bottle originally retailed for around $125.  It can still be found on some local shelves for anywhere from $125 to $150.

Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary (Batch No. B14-0035) (91 Proof) (Blend of 13 and 16 Year bourbons) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Chris Crow, Lee Bullock, Stephen Benson, Stephen Netherton and Jay Cary)

Nose:  Raisin; plum; damp/musty oak and potting soil; potabello; saw dust; floral; ginger; peanut/cashew; watered down caramel syrup (3.5/5)

Palate: Salt and pepper; nutty; damp saw dust; not complex; butterfinger; creamed corn. (3.5/5)

Finish: Short; Peanut butter and light jelly; Swiss-Miss powder; dry oak (3.5/5)

Overall: We were more than satisfied with the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.  Although it did lack some complexity on the palate and finish, the musty/funky Wild Turkey notes take you back to the Wild Turkeys of the days gone by.  (3.5/5)

Value: Although we paid a bit more than retail, at $125 we are reasonably satisfied with this bottle.   However, it isn’t one we would chase down at higher than retail.  (3/5).

“We were more than satisfied with the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.  Although it did lack some complexity on the palate and finish, the musty/funky Wild Turkey notes take you back to the Wild Turkeys of the days gone by.”

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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