30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 19 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel)

Chapter 5, Part 3.

Over the month of November 2017, 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.

Earlier, we provided you background on the Russell’s Reserve brand.  We reviewed a standard bottle, old label Russell’s Reserve and an old label store pick.  Today, we review the current label standard Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (current label) (110 proof) (Sampled by Scott Hill, Phil HarveyChris Crow and Jay Cary)

NoseGrape; ethanol; cream corn; dry oak; flat cherry cola; watered down caramel. (1.5/5)

Palate:  Butter; saltiness; Pepsi cola; grape soda; cream soda; aspartame; watered down cola.  A hot mess.  (2.5/5)

Finish:  Medium; lingering oak; damp wood; blood orange; fruit leather.  (3/5)

Overall: This Russell’s Reserve is a hot mess.  But for the finish, this pour would be very disappointing, with a nose that we’d rather do without.  (2.5/5)

Value:  Knowing this bottle ran us $50 when Single Barrel Store Pick bottles are plentiful, we were less than satisfied.  (2/5)

“This Russell’s Reserve is a hot mess.  But for the finish, this pour would be very disappointing, with a nose that we’d rather do without.”

Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

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