|Russell's Reserve Small Batch 10 Year Old|
Russell’s Reserve, as the name suggests, is the bourbon that celebrates the family name and the Wild Turkey icon Jimmy Russell. Like all Wild Turkey products this is a premium product but unlike the other family members is declared small batch in production. Each batch is about 150 barrels specially selected then married to create the Russell’s Reserve Signature taste. Though the barrels are selected on an individual basis the original spirit off the still is exactly the same as what you will find in all Wild Turkey. The grain is the same, the mash is the same, the yeast which is over 40 years old is the same, the stills are the same and of course the warehouses are the same. It is simply the ageing of the spirit in the barrels that deliver the most characteristic changes. Aged at a minimum of 10 years Jimmy feels this is as far as bourbon spirit should be aged while delivering the zenith of Wild Turkey flavours.
|Russell's Reserve new packaging September 2015|
|Meeting Jimmy Russell in Sydney|
Russell's Reserve Small Batch 10 Tear Old
Distillery: Wild Turkey
Location / Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky USA
Alcohol / ABV: 45%
Type: Small Batch Bourbon
Colour: Flame Orange
Nose: Sweet rich oak vanillas, saturated oranges and warm buttered popcorn. A spice of mild fennel and peppercorns lurks.
Taste: Super rounded, fruity with rich vanilla on initial taste. As the whiskey moves into the palate sweet toffee and smooth buttered corn kernels with some high grain nippy on their heals.
Finish: Long and warm with mild spicy oak tannins that delivery a earthy texture. A grain element sits in the high points with fleshy fruits in the mouth before the finish extends with a soft dryness.
Overall a great value small batch bourbon. At just over $60AU a bottle you cannot go wrong with this whiskey. If I was to give a dram 6 out of 7. I really enjoy this whiskey anytime of the year.
There is much to appreciate with this bourbon and the value for money is perfect. Get out and try it if you have not already and remember those older bottles will be disappearing from the shelves very soon.