Chapter 10, 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.
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.
Earlier this week, we posted on “Freedom Ain’t Free,” which was selected on Memorial Day, 2018, with Flight Club member Eric Schroeder participating in the barrel pick. This barrel too was chosen by a group featuring Eric Schroeder. Both barrels aged at the famous Camp Nelson property located some distance from the Wild Turkey Distillery. Camp Nelson was a civil war site, which now houses six Wild Turkey rickhouses.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Angel’s Share “Bruce’s Favorite” (Barrel #18-0604, Rickhouse CN F, 5th Floor) (110 Proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Stephen Netherton, Jamie Baalmann and Eric Schoeder)
Nose: Prune/plum juice; barrel char; vanilla; chalky candy shell; ginger; Twix candy bar. (3.5/5)
Palate: Fudge; coffee; cigar tobacco; ash. Simple yet really enjoyable. (4/5)
Finish: Long. Spent cigar; hint of chocolate; coffee; cinnamon; rock salt; waxy aftertaste. (3.5/5)
Overall: This is a tough one to figure out – in a good way. We are not sure where the ash and tobacco comes from – there are no signs of it on the nose. It doesn’t finish where you think from the start. It’s an enjoyable ride, and one you go back to to try to figure out. (3.5/5)
Value: Another $60 dollar bottle. This time we think it is worth that and possibly more. (3.5/5)
“It’s an enjoyable ride, and one you go back to to try to figure out.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.