Review #453. Russells Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon MSLs Pick

​​Review #453 | /r/Bourbon Review #259 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, MSL’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

Age: NAS

Barrel #: 16-271 Rickhouse H, Floor 5

Source: r/scotchswap sample

Nose: Nice floral notes, brown sugar. Ethanol, confectioners sugar and some nice oak.

Taste: Thick rich mouthfeel, vanilla cream, pepper, clove. There’s some faint toffee, caramel and cocoa also.

Finish: Medium length and very well tamed heat. There’s a bit of bitter oak, lots of clove, and some caramel here.

Overall: The palate is easily the best here. Very thick and rich, and features a lot of notes that I love. One thing I”m noticing about these is their great ability to integrate sweet creamy notes with peppery spices and the oak. One downside though is that the oak often lashes out in the finish. This one seems to balance pretty well without becoming a bitter bomb, but it’s definitely there.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists

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