30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 38 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel)

Chapter 8, Part 5:

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 6 Year Rye.  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 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 (2017) (104 Proof) (Reviewed by Scott Hill and Jamie Baalmann)

Nose: Compared to the other Russell’s Rye products, this comes across much more green and herbal; rich depth; vanilla custard; baking spice; nutmeg; drying oak log. (3.5/5)

Palate:  Creamy and oily. Very herbal, with mint, dill, fennel and green floral. Good amount of satisfying heat. (3.5/5)

Finish:  A long, creamy rye finish.  Very herbal; potpourri floral; Kit Kat cookie-chocolate; pre-ground black pepper. (4/5)

Overall:  This is a great bottle, and very different from the other Russell’s rye products (and, likely, much different than many of the other single barres as well).  (4/5)

Value:  We found this on sale locally for $35. We score it accordingly, but we would note that even at the typical $50-$60 retail, this is a good value.  (4.5/5)

“This is a great bottle, and very different from the other Russell’s rye products.”

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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