Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bourbon: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Age: 9 years
The Barrel Cellar Score: 86 (based on two reviews)
Review Date: 1/30/2019
Color: Saddle Brown
Nose: Reserved nose; vanilla, cinnamon, leather
Taste: Medium body. First taste (poured neat) cinnamon and leather with hints of cherry wood. The high proof adds heat but doesn’t overwhelm. Sustained vanilla finish. Drop a couple of ice cubes in your glass and the vanilla kicks up a notch and a hint of rye comes through.
Assessment: This single barrel release falls short on character; there just isn’t anything about it that makes it stand out from other single barrel bourbons. It is however a solid bourbon that holds balance. The price point of around $60 is fair considering its limited release.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is a good bourbon. 86 points
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