30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 35 (Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Rye (2016))

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Chapter 8, Part 2:

For the second consecutive year, over the month of November, 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

In this Chapter 8, we continue our look at Wild Turkey Rye, this time with those released under the Russell’s Reserve line.  In 2007, Wild Turkey introduced the Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year.  We brought you a review of that bottle yesterday. Today, we compare the second label in the bunch – known a the “tear label.”  

Russell's Reserve Rye

Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year  (2016) (90 Proof) (Reviewed by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose:  Herbal with mint and green floral; white sugar candied sweetness; vanilla; corn; peppermint candy cane.  Very faint.  (2.5/5)

Palate: Young herbal rye flavors; canned mexicorn; peppermint. Young. (2/5)

Finish:  Overly thin.  Some chocolate and a hint of old Turkey (potting soil and general earthiness); spicy (pepper, rye and cinnamon spice). (2.5/5).

Overall:   Too young and thin. I’d be interested to know where this is at in the rick house – we suspect low as this doesn’t seem to have any real age influence.  (2.5/5)

Value:  Although I don’t love it, this is what I expect for $30. It’s something I won’t search out, but it is different enough from the current to pick up as it’s a fun side-by-side.  (3/5)

“Too young and thin.”

Russell's Reserve Rye

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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