Review #410 – Old Ripy
Review #410 | /r/Bourbon Review #236 – Old Ripy (“Batch #1”)
The schtick: I was going to include this in the Gobble Til You Wobble series but since the people who put out this release (Campari) insist this had no supervision from the Russell’s to produce, that seemed a little wrong. Bottled in a cute, well packaged 375ml bottle but priced like a normal, well packaged 750ml bottle – some people wonder if it’s worth the price. I happen to also, so I’m glad that I had a chance to review this as well.
Distiller: Wild Turkey
ABV: 50% ABV
Source: Sample from friend
Nose: Sweet clove, cinnanmon, light corn. Thick rich vanilla cream, light mild citrus. Faint cocoa. Really, really reminiscent of many other WT products. From the nose, I’d have assumed WT101.
Taste: Nice and sweet. Creamy vanilla, some dough here. There’s a good bit of spice growing, nice clove is balancing the sweetness. Overall, it’s pretty rich flavor.
Finish: Medium length. Sweet and balanced nicely by spice. It’s really quintessential turkey throughout.
Overall: I’ll be straight with you all – I’m not sure I could taste this against other WT products and tell it blind. This is NOT a bad thing. Sitting here, knowing it’s different it does seem a bit richer, but that could simply be power of suggestion. Overall, I really enjoy it. There’s no doubt that it comes from WT. If it were priced a little better – I’d probably buy it. I like that some producers are releasing 375ml bottles – but I wish they’d stop pricing them like 750’s and calling them LE’s. Oh well.
Thanks for reading!