Russell’s Reserve Bourbon is a 10 year old bourbon distilled by Jimmy Russell, the master distiller of Wild Turkey. Russell’s Reserve used to reflect its limited edition bottling under the Wild Turkey label, but the small batch bourbon now sports its own label, as seen here.
Russell’s Reserve Bourbon is a deep amber color and has aromas of spicy cinnamon, vanilla and oak. It’s very warming on the palate, with lots of baking spices, nuttiness, white pepper and rich caramel. It’s full and round, staying fairly tame despite the spicy start, and it finishes long and dry.
At 10 years old, Russell’s Reserve bourbon has an oaky bite that’s pretty distinctive in cocktails. While this whiskey works fine in an Old Fashioned, it can overpower other cocktails. I prefer to drink it neat, but a bit of water or an ice cube opens up the 90 proof spirit and cuts some of the (presumably rye-influenced) spice. Overall, it’s worth a drink, and at about $30 per bottle, it’s a decent bargain for a 10 year old bourbon.
– 45% Alcohol by Volume
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