30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 69 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “Twix Three!” – Toddy’s Liquor Pick)

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 16, Part 1:

In this Chapter 16 of Wild Turkey Month, we return to Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbons.

In our previous looks at Russell’s Reserve, we featured the stories of Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, present day co-Master Distillers.  Together, the Russell’s launched Russell’s Reserve in 2001.   It was a 101-proof, 10-year bourbon, named in honor of Jimmy Russell.  It has more recently been reduced to 90 proof.  We will review one of those early 101-proof, 10-year bourbon later this year.

In around 2012, the Russell’s Reserve brand would be expanded to include a non-age stated, 110-proof single barrel bourbon called Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel.  It is non-chill filtered. 

Two years ago we looked at several store picks and standard bottles from the last five or so yearsLast year we  looked at an older “Split Label,” four recent store picks from around the country, and finished with the then recently released Russell’s Reserve 2002.  We have given the Russell’s line much attention, attention that is well deserved and often unappreciated.

This year we examine some more recent Single Barrel picks.  Later in Chapter 18, we will examine that early 101-proof, 10-year bourbon, along with the Russell’s Reserve 1998.

We begin with a review of Toddy’s Liquor’s “Twix Three!,” which was released in August 2018.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – “Twix Three!”  (Sampled by Scott Hill, Jamie Baalmann and Stephen Benson)

Nose: Sweet berries (raspberries, cherries, strawberry); strawberry shortcake with whipped cream; brown sugar; burnt sugar; fig; fruit leather; baking spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger); vanilla latte. (4.5/5)

Palate: Oily/viscous. Apple skins; crisp apple; blackberry yogurt; cinnamon; allspice; apple crisp; pepper; vanilla bean; baking chocolate; (3.5/5)

Finish: Dry oak; pepper; baking chocolate; unsweetened apple sauce.  A bit dry compared to the palate.  (3/5)

Overall: A great overall pour. The best part of this is the nose, then the palate, and the finish leaves you wanting a bit. But the overall experience is very enjoyable. (3.5/5)

Value:  With a nose like this, even $70 will leave you satisfied.  But adding to that a rich, oily palate, we would gladly buy another bottle.  (3.5/5)

“The best part of this is the nose, then the palate, and the finish leaves you wanting a bit. But the overall experience is very enjoyable.”

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

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