30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 68 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye (2016))

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 15, Part 3:

In this Chapter 15, we continue our look at Wild Turkey Rye, with a focus on the newly released Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye.  Recall that in 2007, Wild Turkey introduced Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year.  Then in 2015, Wild Turkey introduced the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye.  We previously reviewed a standard Single Barrel along with a “Distillery Pick” Single Barrel, both from 2017.  Today, we review a Single Barrel bottled in 2016.  We provide this in large part to give context to yesterday’s Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye review.  How does this compare?

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2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Announcement

2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Announcement!


The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection was first introduced a little over a decade ago. It features five whiskeys (two ryes and three bourbons) that are some of the most highly sought-after in the market. Each is a pillar in the limited edition whiskey industry.

George T. Stagg: clocks in this year at 116.9 proof, which is BY FAR the lowest proof to date (last year’s release was 124.9 proof), and 15 years and 3 months (last year’s release was  15 years  and 4 months). Barrel selection will be released later, but it sounds like there was more evaporation than last year (56%). Last year, there were 284 barrels and about 37,111 bottles.

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Wild Turkey Month 2018 Conclusions and Parting Thoughts

It was another fun November, as we concluded our second Wild Turkey Month – 30 Turkeys in 30 Days.

Dusty Wild Turkey

Last year, we followed our Wild Turkey Month with a post discussing some of our key takeaways. Similarly, the following are some of our conclusions and parting thoughts after we had time to digest.

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible Picks Best of the Year

Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky Bible goes on sale today and includes his list of best whiskeys . For his overall winner, Murray selected the 2017 release of William Larue Weller

Murray’s 2nd place overall goes to Glen Grant 18 Year (which he often lauds), and 3rd overall to another BTAC member, Thomas H. Handy (2017).

Since 2004, Murray has released his Whisky Bible, which reviews a staggering number of all types of whiskeys and ranks the top three for each respective category (Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, etc.).

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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon (2018) Review

Michter's Toasted

Last year, we brought you the story of Michter’s – the brand 264 years in the making.   We took a bit of a cheap shot at the Michter’s lineage and the lack of a tangible connection between the Michter’s brands that date back to 1753, and the name bought following the brand owner’s bankruptcy in the early 2000’s.   But then we backpedaled a bit, recognizing that Michter’s president, Joe Magliocco, himself had a history with Michter’s.

While that history may be interesting as to an appreciation of the Michter’s brand today (you should check it out), this review centers around another story:  Michter’s and its toasted barrel finishes.

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