Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 55% 0,75l
Vendor : Wild Turkey
Product Type : Whisky
Volume, ml: 750
Alcohol, ABV: 55.0
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is part of Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve line named in honor of Jimmy and Eddie Russell, the father-son master distiller team that have a combined tenure at Wild Turkey in excess of 100 years.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is bottled at 110 proof, which is likely fairly close to barrel proof considering the fact that Wild Turkey’s barrel entry proof (the proof the distillate enters the barrel for aging) is relatively low at 107 to 115 (up from 105 at one time), resulting in a low barrel proof for Wild Turkey’s bourbons by comparison to other distilleries which typically enter the barrel at the maximum allowable 125 proof. It is also non-chill filtered.
While the bourbon does not have an age statement, barrels tend to range from about 8–10 years old.
Like all of Wild Turkey’s bourbons, it’s made from their single bourbon mashbill.
Nose: Big oak and rich caramel upfront, with graham cracker sweetness complementing the initial scents nicely. Taking a deeper inhale reveals a light smokiness that’s accented by cigar box and a hint of leather. The overall aroma is robust and inviting, packing enough punch to suggest it will be an intense and flavorful pour.
Taste: A vigorous mix of rye spice and charred oak combine with sweet caramel chews. Leather, tobacco, and toffee further mingle in. The nose predicts the palate accurately, as it is rich and full-bodied, showcasing a flavor profile that is quintessential Wild Turkey. Very enjoyable, robust, and easily a palate to take note of.
Finish: Tapering rye spice meets a dark fruit, tobacco, and leather slurry. Aged oak, caramel, graham cracker, and toffee flavors from the palate carry over but fade in the background. The intensity of the spice lingers against this array of flavors, making for a long and excellent finish.