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 3:
We continue our Chapter 16 look at Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbons.
Today, we bring you the “William K” pick from the Tyrone B warehouse. This was a 2017 pick from Wholesale Spirits in Sumter, South Carolina.
Nose: Strawberry licorice; a traditional Wild Turkey spice backbone; creamy; dry oak; cherry cola; old school candy sharpness; tobacco; cedar; apricot; industrial; Listerine. (4/5)
Palate: Oily/viscous; fruity sweetness; cherry; orange soda; vanilla; overripe peach; gumball; baking spice, with prominent nutmeg; plum; cedar cigar box; baking chocolate. (4/5)
Finish: Drying oak; tobacco; malt ball; dried strawberry; chocolate. (4/5)
Overall: An excellent, balanced bourbon from start to finish. Unlike some of the newer Camp Nelson picks, this Tyrone barrel is more traditional and hits modern turkey dead on. With added tobacco and cedar notes, the age really shines. Solid. (4/5)
Value: If you bought this bottle for the retail price of $59, you would not need to justify picking up a second bottle. (4/5)
“An excellent, balanced bourbon from start to finish.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.