For the third 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. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.
Chapter 14, Part 4:
We continue this Chapter 14 with a look at some of the more recent Wild Turkey expressions. Today, we take a left turn and bring you a Wild Turkey bourbon not released by Wild Turkey or Campari. Instead, this bourbon is a single barrel release under the Single Cask Nation brand. This is the fourth expression, with the fifth (released on the same date) coming tomorrow. In early 2018, we reviewed the first two Single Cask Nation Wild Turkey releases. Last November, we reviewed the third release.
Today’s review is of the 10-year bourbon from Rickhouse D at the main Tyrone, Kentucky facility (one of the first two releases was also a Rickhouse D barrel as well). Recall that Single Cask Nation is essentially a U.S. based independent bottler putting out a variety of whisky and other spirits. These five releases of Wild Turkey single casks were limited in number and in incredibly high demand.
Not only was Flight Club fortunate to pick up all five of the Single Cask Nation Wild Turkey releases, we were just as fortunate that Stephen Benson and Jay Cary were kind enough to hold back some of the earlier releases, so that we could do a head-to-head comparison among all five bottles.
Nose: Vanilla custard; creme brulee; pecan pie; floral perfume; floral (herbal) stem; baked apple; cinnamon sugar; Christmas cider; manure funk/horse barn; lemon sour drop hard candy; cedar. An amazing combination of fruit, floral, and funk. (4.5/5)
Palate: Oily. A bit more subdued than expected; chocolate malt ball; cherry drops; floral/herbal; french toast. (4/5)
Finish: The oiliness continues. Rich cherry; sweet cinnamon; lemon; lingering syrupiness; industrial oils; graham cracker. (4/5)
Overall: Extremely well balanced. Bold “classic” Turkey especially for Rickhouse D – while we are not experts on all the Wild Turkey warehouses, we are fairly familiar with both Rickhouse D and Rickhouse K. This bottle drinks more like a spicy Rickhouse K release. Delicious. (4/5)
Value: This is another $101 Wild Turkey release available only from Single Cask Nation. Recall that this is one of the only cask strength Wild Turkey single barrels that have been released since the end of the twentieth century. Now that regular Russell’s Reserve has hit the $70+ mark in some markets, and with so much higher priced whiskey now days, we would highly recommend this buy. (5/5)
“Extremely well balanced. Bold ‘classic’ Turkey.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.