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Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon Review

Distiller: Wild Turkey. ABV: 45%. Age: 10 years. Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted barley. Price: $35-50.

Looking to pair a delicious bourbon with grilled meats, great company, and good conversation, this past weekend I cracked open this Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

The Russell’s Reserve is a line from Wild Turkey that focuses on small batch and single barrel releases. It elevates the already excellent profile of the Wild Turkey 101 into a line of first-rate sippers.

The Russell’s Reserve 10 starts with lots of sweetness on the nose, especially vanilla and caramel. On the palate is a good balance of sweetness and spice, but it’s not overly complex. The sweetness is darker on the palate than the nose–brown sugar, chocolate. and dates. mixed with some nutty and oaky notes. Spice dominates the medium-long finish.

This is a great all around bourbon that both novices and experienced drinkers can enjoy. Cheers, friends! – JTR

Buy Russell’s Reserve Bourbon online at Mash + Grape

Turkey Bourbon Picks! (Plus one finished rye)

Time for some Turkey Bourbon picks! (Plus one finished rye.) Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or something in between, you can’t go wrong with this bunch.

Start with the Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit: a bright and dazzling single barrel spice bomb. Serve Baker’s, the rich and nutty side of Jim Beam’s small batch collection, while you’re carving the bird. When you’re stuffed to the gills and need some real firepower to rally for round 3, the hugely potent cask strength Wild Turkey Rare Breed will get you there.

Then your dessert dram to match the pecan and pumpkin pies? High West’s new port- and French oak-finished Midwinter Night’s Dram, with sweet raisiny notes rounding off the rye so nicely you can taste the crackling fire.

Those are our picks. How about yours?

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! -BO

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Distiller: Wild Turkey. ABV 55%, No age statement (estimated 8-9 years). Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley. Price: $35-50.

The Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon rounded out the night (bottle 9 out of 10) at our inaugural Axis of WhiskyFest in Chicago. Being a big Wild Turkey fan, I was glad the Russell’s was represented–seeing as it’s some of the best of what WT makes.

The Russell’s Reserve focuses on small batch releases like the excellent 10-year-old, and single barrels like these. Naturally there’s variation barrel to barrel, but you can count on them all for a quality pour.

This particular batch was extraordinarily close to the excellent Henry McKenna 10 from Heaven Hill. (Not such a surprise, perhaps, as the two share an identical mashbill.) Dark, leathery, and sweet, with burnt sugar and vanilla on the nose. The palate adds dark molasses–then the rye turns up as a spike of mint. The finish has dark oak and spice. It’s a pour that takes water well, given the relatively high bottling proof–a few drops will bring out more spice.

If you’re in the mood for a dense, dark, leathery bourbon from Wild Turkey, the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel won’t let you down.

Cheers, friends! – BO

Buy Russell’s Reserve Bourbon online at Mash + Grape