30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 45 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Longman and Eagle Pick)

Wild Turkey

Chapter 10, 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.

Today we continue our second look at Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bourbons.  For more background information, including the stories of Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, and the launch of the Russell’s Reserve 10 year and Single Barrel brands, check out Chapter 5 from our 2017 Wild Turkey Month.

Today’s pick comes from our friends at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel  – Longman & Eagle (Barrel #161, Rickhouse G, Floor 5) (110 Proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Stephen NethertonJamie Baalmann and Eric Schoeder)

Nose:  Loads of cherry; cherry cola; hard-shell candy coating; cherry cough drop; leather; potting soil; cereal marshmallow (like Lucky Charms),  (3.5/5)

Palate:   A bit thin and watery; heat builds gradually from nothing to hot and spicy; cherry; dirt; Earl Grey tea.  (2.5/5)

Finish:  Effervescent; dissipating heat; cherry that develops after the heat burns off; burnt sugar; vanilla cream;  black pepper.  This finish is a bit of a weird ride.  (2.5/5)

Overall:  We feel this is a bit disjointed.  The nose is solid, but it is downhill after the nose.  And even with time in the glass, the nose goes downhill.  (2.5/5)

Value: At $60, this is a bit under satisfying. (2/5)

“The nose is solid, but it is downhill after the nose.”

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

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