Russell's Reserve "Small Batch" 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #993179 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 From Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, this tawny and full-bodied whiskey evolves on the palate. At first, it features orange peel, vanilla and caramel, then dry leather and cocoa notes midpalate, and finishes long and lean with clove and allspice accents. Dilute to taste, sip slowly and consider all the complex flavors. (KN)  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

The Russell's Reserve Small Batch Bourbon was developed by Wild Turkey Distillery's Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie. Initially a limited edition release, the Russell's Reserve is now a 10-year, and the age is spot on for this particular Bourbon. The Cigar Aficionado describes it as a "heady quaff with a nose of sweet vanilla and buttery cinnamon toast. In the mouth, it shows its age--woodier than other Wild Turkey products. It is very sweet without being cloying, but also informed with the tang of orange peel and some spiciness. The finish is all maple candy. In short, it's a warming tonic for when the weather turns cold..."

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
What can I say about Wild Turkey except that Jimmy and Eddie Russell are two of the industry's finest stewards. On their watch, across multiple owners, they've worked to been able to keep quality levels at Wild Turkey extremely high. They've never compromised what they've knew to be important for quality production in the name of making an extra buck and the result speaks for itself. Their namesake product, the Russell's Reserve 10 Year is probably older than Jimmy likes his bourbon, but for me it's perfect. Only bested by the Single Barrels in their portfolio, the 10 year is just a silly price for great aged bourbon of the highest quality. Tons of complexity on the nose, with that high rye component coming through. The big bold herbal spices is tempered with a sweet nougat and toffee. Big and rich on the palate with subtle licorice, old bourbon spice, sweet vanilla and dark fruit to finish. Very few things get this good under $30.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2013 | Send Email
My Bourbon of choice for sipping after dinner, the 10 Year Old Small Batch from Jimmy Russell is one of the great values in our extensive collection. The high toned savory rye flavors balance the sweetness of the corn to make this one of the most grown up, focused Bourbon's that we have at any price. I am never without a bottle in my liquor cabinet!
Top Value!

By: Stephen Heller | Review Date: 1/10/2014
Sooooooo smooth!

By: Josh Peters | Review Date: 9/16/2013
Nose:
Initially your olfactory gets hit with a slightly medicinal vanilla and toffee, but let it breathe and some wonderful hints of maraschino and marzipan start to unfold.
Taste:
When tasting a menage a trois of toffee, vanilla, and spice sit upfront, but let it rest on your tongue and then move it around a bit and silky touches of corn and rye start to appear alongside something I can only describe as apple pie.
Feel:
Mild and smooth it doesn't numb or burn like some bourbons tend to.
Finish:
Spice sticks around the aftertaste for a while, but as it fades there is Creme de Noyaux type flavor (less sugary) that hangs around for a few minutes before fading without leaving any trace of a sourness or bitterness behind.
Drink from 2013 to 2013

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 45