30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 36 (Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Rye (2017))

Chapter 8, Part 3:

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 Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year.  In the recent days, we brought you a review of that bottle and of the 2016 “tear label” bottle.  Today, we compare those to the current label 2017 bottle.  

Russell's Reserve  Rye

Russell’s Reserve  Rye  6 Year (2017) (90 Proof) (Reviewed by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose:  Very “bourbon” forward, with corn, vanilla and caramel; chocolate; some added sweet candy corn, like if you picked them out of the salted peanut mix; fresh sawn oak. (3/5)

Palate:  A nice thickness.  Wedding mints; corn; caramel; baking spice; late arriving red-hot candy.  Fairly weak without much going on.  (2.5/5)

Finish:  Altoid; corn; iced cinnamon roll; oregano and light fennel. (2.5/5)

Overall:  As some of the tasting notes might indicate, this just doesn’t come together cohesively. Its just a bit of an unbalanced mess. (2.5/5)

Value: This can be picked up for $28-$32.  While not our favorite, it’s hard to argue with the price. (3/5)

“…this just doesn’t come together cohesively. Its just a bit of an unbalanced mess.”

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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