Review #441 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, Davidson’s Pick
Review #441 | /r/Bourbon Review #248 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, Davidson’s Pick
The Schtick: This is the final phase of Gobble Til You Wobble and I’ll be looking at both the Bourbon and Ryes that are sold under that line. Bourbons first, ryes second. This is a modern offering from Wil Turkey with the higher entry proof. It is diluted to 110 pf and sold as a single barrel offering across the nation. Many stores have been able to do picks of these products, and extra information is available as a result. It is, still, a NAS product, though.
Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bottler: Wild Turkey
ABV: 55% ABV | 110pf
Barrel #: 276
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Cloves, pepper, fruity spice like gumdrop candies, almost faint anise. A lot of cream moves in here. Very peppery, growing very soft and vanilla forward.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, spice right away. There’s some heat here. Signature Turkey spice is very prevalent. The heat grows with some faint astringency.
Finish: Short, a little hot, and very spicy. There’s a bit of vanilla here but the cracked pepper note is really prominent, and the cloves are in no short supple here either.
Overall: It’s fine, but very spicy and ethanol forward. I wish there was more vanilla, caramel and oak notes that I get in most other bourbons – those would have balanced very well in my opinion. Overall, it’s not a bad dram, but it’s a hair rough. This is revealed to be the Davidson’s pick and this surprised me a little bit – every Smooth Ambler Old Scout pick I had from them was phenomenal. But, this reminds me of why the blind sampling system is so valuable.
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