Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon 750ml

SKU #1126370 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A word of warning: donít drink this straight. Donít even try. At 110 proof, it can be downright painful. But with proper dilution, this Bourbon is still rich and deep flavored. Maturation time in dark ďalligator charĒ barrels yields hazelnut, oak and toffee seasoned with nutmeg and clove.  (7/ 2013)

Whisky Advocate

 Clean on the palate, with honey-kissed citrus, summer fruits, crisp mint, and cinnamon, balanced by creamy vanilla and soft toffee. A solid bourbon thatís nicely rounded and vibrant. Itís very much with the current trend of American whiskeys toward no age statement; youthful and playful in nature, and versatile. (Vol. 22, #1)

K&L Notes

Bottled at 110 proof, the Russell's Reserve single barrel isn't labeled as "cask strength" but seeing that most single barrels of Wild Turkey we've tasted clock in at around 55% naturally, it might as well be. Wild Turkey isn't a big, dark, rich, tannic style of whiskey. It's a softer, more cinnamon and clove spice-dominated, easier-sipping style of Bourbon and the single barrel Russell's Reserve might be the best product available from the distillery. It's entirely drinkable at the full proof due to its more elegant style, but takes water or ice quite splendidly. Having recently visited the distillery, we're now big fans of the kickin' chicken here at K&L. The Russells have refused to alter their production methods to fit in with the current economic Bourbon boom. They still make old school Bourbon in an old school way and the single barrel is perhaps the best way to ascertain the quality of what they're doing. Candy corn, mellow caramel, baking spices, and long, spicy richness that goes on forever, with just enough pop from the higher proof to really add that extra high note. Lovely, lovely stuff. **Gold Medal 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition**

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/14/2013  | Send Email
This release shows just how good whiskey from Wild Turkey Distillery can be. It has expressive vanilla and bourbon sweetness both aromatically and in the mouth. It also has complexity that makes this bourbon interesting and a great sipper.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
Wow! This cask strength masterpiece has everything I could want in Bourbon. Jimmy Russell has done it again, producing a spirit of balance and complexity without losing the wildness that makes these drinks so exciting. This is packed, concentrated stuff with plenty of sweet corn and savory rye flavors and a finish that goes on forever. What great Bourbon!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 55