Review: Russell’s Reserve 10 year Small Batch

Each batch of Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon is crafted from a selection of casks, each of which is personally selected by Jimmy Russell and his son, Eddie. Interesting note: the barrels that are selected are exclusively from the center of Wild Turkey’s rickhouse, which Russell believes is the best area for maturing bourbon.

Kris reviewed a Russell’s single barrel awhile back and you can reference his review here.

: Campari

Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery

Location: Lawrenceburg, KY

Mash Bill: 75% corn, 13 % rye, 12% malted barley.

Age: 10 years

ABV: 45% ( 90 proof)

Released: Ongoing.

Price: $25

Color: Golden Blonde

Nose: Dry nose, vanilla, oak, grass, red apple, floral, caramel. Decent nose overall, no ethanol burn.

Taste: Dry on your tongue, with some light caramel and vanilla, bitter tobacco, dark chocolate, earthiness, grass.

Finish: Light finish, doesn’t have a lot of heat and doesn’t linger for long, very smooth finish. Easy to drink, watch out! Wait, there is a bit of heat down your throat WAY late. Mmmmm.

Overall: Overall, this is a really nice Bourbon.  It has pretty decent balance, I wish it had a little more sweetness to balance it, but I throughly enjoyed it. It’s a really great Bourbon for a really great price. The Single Barrel is also really good, so be sure to check out Kris’ review.

Consider this another great transitioner Bourbon for those of you ready for the next level. Really easy to drink, but has enough oomph to take you to the next level.

Level: Easy/Medium. 

Rating: 3.5/5


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