Review #447 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, Shawans Pick
Review #447 | /r/Bourbon Review #256 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, Shawan’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 Wild 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 #: #2293, Rickhouse O, Floor 3
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Very caramel forward, musty tobacco, vanilla and a surprisingly prominent graham cracker note.
Taste: Thick and rich, lots of clove and trademark Turkey spice. There’s a tad bit of heat, but nothing crazy, lots of caramel and more of that graham cracker note. Really delicious so far, I’m liking that it’s leaning a bit outside the standard wheelhouse I’ve been noticing with these.
Finish: Long and sweet. There’s some rich oak here but also some really nice caramel and rich toffee here to balance.
Overall: I think this is a quintessentially balanced RRSiB. It’s a little unique in that I’m getting some musty older Turkey notes and some graham cracker but the spice, oak and sweet are wonderfully balanced and that is something I’ve seen less than expected so far. Delicious.
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