30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 17 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (2013))

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.

Chapter 5, Part 1.

In Chapter 1, we brought you the history of Wild Turkey, from the days of Thomas B. Ripy, through the Austin, Nichols company, to its present day ownership by the Campari Group.  But no history of Wild Turkey would be complete without the stories of Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, present day co-Master Distillers.

To begin at the end, Jimmy Russell has now been part of Wild Turkey for over 60 years, beginning as in 1954 (his diamond anniversary would occur in 2014, and we will review the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary bottle later this month).   He now holds the title of being the longest-tenured active master distiller in the world.  His son, Eddie Russell, started with the company in 1981, only being promoted to Co-Master Distiller in 2015.

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Scott Hill

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

30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 16 (Rare Breed 116.8)

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.

In this last part of Chapter 4, we review the current release of Rare Breed, the 116.8 batch (2017).  While there has been a recent label change, in theory this should be fairly consistent with the 116.8 batches available.

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Scott Hill

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

30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 15 (Rare Breed 112.8)

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 introduced Chapter 4 and the history and composition of the Rare Breed offering.  Today, we continue with a review of the Rare Breed 112.8 batch (2016).  This batch was only recently discontinued in 2017.

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Scott Hill

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

30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 14 (Rare Breed WT-03RB (clear wrap & embossed cap))

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 introduced Chapter 4 and the history and composition of the Rare Breed offering.  Today, we continue with a review of the Rare Breed WT-03RB batch, this time coming in the form of the clear wrapper and embossed cap (this bottle is a 2011).  As we mentioned yesterday, the WT-03RB was released for over a decade, and may have had some profile variations from year to year.

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Scott Hill

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

30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 13 (Rare Breed WT-03RB (dark wrap – 2005))

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.

Yesterday, we introduced Chapter 4 and the history and composition of the Rare Breed offering.  Today, we continue with a review of the Rare Breed WT-03RB batch, this time coming in the form of the dark wrapper, non-embossed cap bottling that is believed to have been released throughout the early 2000’s (this bottle is a 2005).  As we mentioned yesterday, the WT-03RB was released for over a decade, and may have had some profile variations from year to year.

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Scott Hill

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