Thursday, January 29, 2015

Russell's Reserve 10 Year

Russell's Reserve is a line of whiskies created for the 50th Anniversary of famed Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. These small batch barrels are hand selected by Eddie Russell (Jimmy's son), who was recently announced as the new Master Distiller for Wild Turkey.

90 proof
10 years old 
Taken from the center cut of Wild Turkey rickhouses 

Color: Bright Amber

Nose: Not too many complex flavors, however the few that are present are rich and robust. Sweetness is the first thing you notice. Distinctive rye spice and oak round out the sweetness for a very balanced nose.

Taste: Delicate yet full flavored; initial brown sugar sweetness combines with toffee and vanilla.  This transitions to a dry and peppery mid palate.
Finish: Fairly smooth and medium in length; sweet tobacco with a spicy rye kick.

Conclusion: The Russell's Reserve line is amongst the higher end Wild Turkey products available, and at $35 for a 10 year bourbon, this whiskey is a steal. 

My Rating: B+ (Very Good)

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1 comment:

  1. Being new to bourbon, I have just been trying something new every time i go to the state spirits store we have here in PA. This one was on sale for $33, so I thought why not give it a shot. I was floored, definitely had a sweet taste to it, with a nice finish to it. I'll definitely be putting this as one to always have on stock one I've finished sampling other examples. I agree with your B+ rating.