30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 37 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Distillery Pick)

Chapter 8, Part 4:

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 looked at three different vintages of the 6 Year.  Today, we take a look at the newer Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye  that was introduced in 2015.  Our focus will be on a standard Single Barrel, along with a “Distillery Pick” Single Barrel.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Rye

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye – Distillery Pick  (2017) (104 Proof) (Reviewed by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose:  Dry oak with some old b.o. funk.  This generally has a more bourbon-like profile, with some corn husk and light background cinnamon and baking spice. Hot cinnamon; dinner roll; floral potpourri candle.  While funk is typically in our wheelhouse, this is just an odd flavor mix.  (2.5/5)

Palate:  Spicy and hot. Rye spice; pepper spice; cinnamon spice; herbal spice; vanilla cake; dry oak; more dinner roll. Here the flavors play better together.  (3.5/5)

Finish:  Somewhat short. Creamy. A continuation of the palate’s spice buffet – rye, baking and herbal spice; dinner roll; vanilla and chocolate almost like an eclair.  (3/5)

Overall: This is one where the sum is better than the individual parts.  Overall, an enjoyable experience. (3.5/5)

Value:  At $60, this compares to the likes of Pikesville; Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye, or one of many higher proof MGP aged ryes.  It holds its own but doesn’t stand out in that crowd.   (3/5)

“This is one where the sum is better than the individual parts.  Overall, an enjoyable experience.”

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel 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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