30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 73 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “One and a Century” – Rarebird101 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 5:

We continue our Chapter 16 look at Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbons.  Today, we bring you the first private pick from our friend David Jennings at rarebird101.com.

In all likelihood, if you are a fan of Wild Turkey, then you are familiar with the rarebird101.com website and Instagram.  We can’t sing enough praise for what David does for the Wild Turkey community, with his history, his reviews, and his in-depth analysis of the company and its products.  Cheers to you, Mr. RareBird101!

In the fall of 2018 (just past the time that we at Flight Club had selected our final bottles for Wild Turkey Month 2018), RareBird101 released the “One & a Century” Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel pick, commemorating Jimmy and Eddie Russell’s combined 101 years at Wild Turkey.  The sticker featured a “cheesy gold foil” throwback, and was selected from stock held at the Camp Nelson F warehouse.

RareBird101 shared his thoughts on some of the hype surrounding the release.  Like everything he does, these “honest thoughts” were extremely humble.   While we have been enjoying this bottle for nearly a year, we decided we would have a formal review and share our “honest thoughts,” too.  In short, great job, RareBird101!

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – “One & a Century” (Barrel #18-0643) (Rickhouse CNF, Floor 5) (8 years) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Jamie Baalmann and Bryant_on_Bourbon

Nose: Bold.  Spice; light early sweetness; almond; wood putty; prune; grape; dehydrated banana; black pepper; vanilla; sugared raisins.  (3.5/5)

Palate: Sharp cinnamon; apricot; salt; apple crisp; industrial; red hot; black cheery; prune; under ripe blackberry; saddle leather; prickle-oak; sugared raisins. (3.5/5)

Finish: Grilled peach; salty; brown sugar; cotton candy; apple; cinnamon. (3.5/5)

Overall:  This has a very different profile than a typical Wild Turkey drinker may be accustomed to.  Its a very good pour, and one that makes you think.  Sometimes, that results in a “special occasion” drinker instead of being an everyday drinker.  This falls into that “special occasion” category, when you can have time to really enjoy the nuances. (3.5/5)

Value:  A very unique profile and something different for you shelf at $59.  A solid buy based upon the bourbon alone.  A true bargain if you factor in support for our friend RareBird101!  (3.5/5) 

“This falls into that “special occasion” category, when you can have time to really enjoy the nuances.”

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