30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 20 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – R&J Discount Liquor Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 4.

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 several different bottles, but today we review a Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel store pick from R&J Discount Liquor in Wichita, Kansas.  For more information, see our notes from our very first Pick of the Month.

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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.

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30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 18 (Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Belmont Store Pick)

Chapter 5, Part 2.

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 provided you background on the Russell’s Reserve brand, and reviewed a 2013 Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bottling.  Today, we review another old label Russell’s Reserve, this time a Belmont Beverage store pick out of South Bend, Indiana.

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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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