30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 74 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “Promise to Mr. Porkchop” – 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 6:

We continue our Chapter 16 look at Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbons.  We follow yesterday’s RareBird101 “One & a Century” bottle with the second RareBird101 exclusive pick, “Promise to Mr. Porkchop.”

Earlier this month, we sat down with Ryan Alves.   Ryan participated with David and a few others to select this Camp Nelson F warehouse single barrel.  Ryan’s father, Roy aka “Mr. Porkchop,” passed in 2018.  Roy had dream of having his own single barrel bourbon.  In true RareBird101 class, this barrel was named “Promise to Mr. Porkchop” in honor of Ryan’s father and that dream.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – “Promise to Mr. Porkchop” (Barrel #18-0573) (Rickhouse CNF, Floor 6) (9 years, 8 months) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Jamie Baalmann and Bryant_on_Bourbon

Nose: Apricot, apple and peach fruitiness; Spree candy; brown sugar simple syrup; cherry cola; melted caramel for caramel corn; floral stem; Camp Nelson spice; grape cola; Mr. Pibb cola.  A constantly redeveloping nose.  (4/5)

Palate: Apricot; traditional Tyrone baking spice and vanilla/caramel/oak flavors; orange; apple; red berry (primarily raspberry); vanilla; brown sugar cinnamon; butterscotch.  (4/5)

Finish: Medium.  Cherry cough drop; McDonald’s apple pie; sugar in the raw; blueberry; leather shoe shop; butterscotch.  (3.5/5)

Overall: This seems to bring the best from traditional Tyrone warehouses and Camp Nelson, yet still with single barrel complexity.  A solid pick, and one that constantly develops in the glass. (4/5)

Value:  At $65, this hits above its price point.  (4/5)

“A solid pick, and one that constantly develops in the glass.”

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