Review #39: Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Oak Liquor Cabinet Pick

Russell’s Reserve is the fancy version of Wild Turkey, long time readers will remember my super accurate mid flight review of the 101. Anyways I haven’t explored the high end WT world all that much yet but when my favorite shop got in a Single Barrel Select and it was available for delivery before a work happy hour that I’d promised to bring bourbon to I couldn’t resist. Potential spoiler but I ended up picking up another bottle for my house too, just to be safe, and I’ll be nosing and sipping that one this evening.

Review

Age: NAS

Abv: 110 Proof (55% ABV)

Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted barley

Color: A deep amber

Price: $55.99

Neat

Nose: Surprisingly hot at first though big oak and toffee notes cut through the heat

Taste: Much tamer than the nose as far as heat goes and the same notes stay very prevalent

Finish: Long finish where the oak gives way to a creamy vanilla finish

On a rock

Nose: The heat is gone leaving a balanced set of oak, toffee and vanilla notes

Taste: This is where this bourbon really shines for me with an great mouthfeel and bold oak and toffee flavors that have no trouble standing up to the ice. Very tasty.

Finish: Still long and still oak fading to vanilla

Conclusion

Another great store pick from Oak Liquor Cabinet. This one is a little hot for me neat but is delicious on ice. I’d love to try a variation on this that was aged for a few more years or finished somehow to add a another note and tame the heat a bit. So far this is my favorite expression from Wild Turkey but I’ll have to try some more of their high end offerings.

8 - an excellent bottle I’ll buy from time to time

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