30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 72 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Total Wine Pick – 2015)

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 4:

We continue our Chapter 16 look at Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbons.

Today, we bring you a 2015 Store Pick Russell’s Reserve “tear label” out of Total Wine in South Carolina, picked up by our friend Bryant_on_Bourbon.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Total Wine Pick (2015) (Rickhouse H, 7th Floor, 3rd Tier) (8 years, 2 months) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Jamie Baalmann and Bryant_on_Bourbon

Nose:  Plum; cigar/tobacco; black cheery; dark chocolate; dusty Turkey funk; slightly medicinal; cough drops; citrus zests/oil; cream soda; dank leaves; orangesicle.  Wow.  (4.5/5)

Palate:  Clove; orange; citrus sharpness; prickliness; tobacco; slightly metallic; Sonic orange cream slush; cinnamon; nutmeg; apricot; allspice; peanut; almond; malt balls.  Amazingly complex but well married. (4.5/5)

Finish:  Mandarin oranges, Nutmeg; allspice; Thanksgiving spice; brown sugar; vanilla; apple; apple skins. barrel char.  (4.5/5)

Overall:  An amazing pick.  But even more amazing that this sat on a shelf for a number of years.  This is one of the best Russell’s picks we have had.  In fact, this is one of the top Wild Turkey bourbons that we have had from this century.  It’s not fully “dusty” but certainly has some throw-back notes to that era. Simply amazing.  (4.5/5)

Value: At $59 this is an absolute steal.  (5/5)

“This is one of the best Russell’s picks we have had.  In fact, this is one of the top Wild Turkey bourbons that we have had from this century.”

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