Review #469. Russells Reserve Single Barrel Rye

​Gobble Til You Wobble, Day 46​

Review #469 | /r/Bourbon Review #269 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye

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 #: Non-store pick.

Source: Bottle, purchased.


Nose: Sweet caramel, creamy vanilla. Molasses, toffee, some mild clove. Gingergread, rye spice.

Taste: Medium – to rich mouthfeel. Caramel, toffee, no heat. Cloves, gingerbread, some faint cocoa. There’s also some nice fruitiness and a really rich creamy vanilla / doughy cake set of notes here. Blends very well with the spice of the cloves and gingerbread.

Finish: Long, really quite sweet with caramel, cloves, toffee and light cracked pepper.

Overall: Wow. I had this pegged for all sorts of things but I’m shocked this is a non pick. This is really the joy of a single barrel product. It’s a shame they don’t put barrel # or rick information on these puppies but I think we can safely assume E-2 for the location. This was really pretty great, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

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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