Review #468. Russells Reserve Single Barrel Rye, Loch and Key

​Gobble Til You Wobble, Day 45​

Review #468 | /r/Bourbon Review #268 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye, Loch and Key

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 104 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: 52% ABV | 104pf

Age: NAS

Barrel #: #40, E-2

Source: r/scotchswap sample

Nose: Cinnamon, pancakes and gingerbread. Some ethanol, cloves and cocoa. There’s some nice rye spice here also, seems almost like one of the SiB bourbon, rather than a rye.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, sweet with less spice than the nose. Sweet vanilla cream, caramel and a bit of cocoa.

Finish: Long but with some heat, sweet caramel and more gingerbread. I notice the heat more here but it’s less than overbearing so I’m not really too bothered.

Overall: This is still darn good – although less complex and more one dimensional than some of the others I’ve tried so far.

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 | Perfect.


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