30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 49 (Russell’s Reserve 2002)

Wild Turkey

Chapter 10, Part 6:

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Today we review the most anticipated release from Wild Turkey in 2018 – the Russell’s Reserve 2002.  Russell’s Reserve 2002 is rightly anticipated because it marks something unusual for Wild Turkey and the Russell’s Reserve line.  It is a non-chill filtered, barrel proof Wild Turkey.  Save Rare Breed, which is much younger, Wild Turkey doesn’t typically release barrel proof whiskeys.  Russell’s often comes close with the 110 proof Russell’s Reserve Singe Barrels, but high end barrel proofs are generally a thing of the past.

The 2002 is the follow up to the highly acclaimed Russell’s Reserve 1998 released a few years ago, which we have yet to get our hands on.  

This release was aged at the Camp Nelson site, like some of the Single Barrels we tasted earlier this week.  Only 25 barrels were included in the release.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 45 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Longman and Eagle Pick)

Wild Turkey

Chapter 10, Part 2:

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Today we continue our second look at Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bourbons.  For more background information, including the stories of Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, and the launch of the Russell’s Reserve 10 year and Single Barrel brands, check out Chapter 5 from our 2017 Wild Turkey Month.

Today’s pick comes from our friends at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 44 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “Freedom Ain’t Free”)

Wild Turkey

Chapter 10, Part 1:

For the second 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 and rye whiskey.  A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Today we take a second look at Russell’s Reserve Single Barrels bourbons.

In our first look 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.

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. 

Last year we looked at several store picks and standard bottles from the last five or so year.  This year we look at an older “Split Label” and four recent store picks from around the country.  We finish this look with the recently released Russell’s Reserve 2002.

Today’s pick was selected for Yorkshire Liquors in Memphis, Tennessee.  It was selected on Memorial Day, 2018 – hence the name.  Flight Club member Eric Schroeder participated in the barrel pick.  This barrel aged at the famous Camp Nelson property located some distance from the Wild Turkey Distillery.  Camp Nelson was a civil war site, which now houses six Wild Turkey rickhouses. Continue reading “30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 44 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “Freedom Ain’t Free”)”