30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 46 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (2013))

Wild Turkey

Chapter 10, 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.

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 review is of a 2013 Single Barrel.  We previously reviewed another 2013 Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel in 2017 – albeit a different barrel obviously.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (2013) (110 Proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Stephen NethertonJamie Baalmann and Eric Schoeder)

Nose: Fruity; vanilla; chocolate; purple grapes; wafer; very low ethanol burn; fresh cut oak; which allows you to get in the nose. (4/5)

Palate: Chocolate; caramel; wafer; oily; well-oaked; red apple; plum; port; strawberry greens; artificial strawberry; leaf tobacco; chocolate again on the back end.  Delicious.  (4.5/5)

Finish: Chocolate; oak; milky way; cola; the fruit medley from the nose; leaf tobacco.  This has an appropriately long oily finish that dissipates well. (4/5)

Overall: This does not feel like 110 proof anywhere, except for mouthfeel and full flavor.  A pretty spectacular single barrel. (4/5)

Value: This was purchased for around $40.  Its a great buy.  (4.5/5)

“This does not feel like 110 proof anywhere, except for mouthfeel and full flavor.  A pretty spectacular single barrel.”

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

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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