|Varietal||Kentucky Straight Bourbon|
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Russell’s Reserve 10 Year is part of Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve line named in honor of Jimmy and Eddie Russell, the father-son master distiller team that have a combined tenure at Wild Turkey in excess of 100 years. This is a small batch bourbon that’s comprised of hand-selected barrels that have been aged for at least 10 years, but possibly more. Like all of Wild Turkey’s bourbons, it’s made from their single bourbon mash bill.
Wild Turkey offers less in the range of bourbons than other big Kentucky distilleries, largely because they use only one bourbon mashbill and their distillate enters the barrel well under the maximum 125 proof required by law. However, each of their products offers something unique, and Russell’s Reserve 10 Year is no exception.
Just as importantly, it’s readily available and typically found within the range of its MSRP. While it’s not often cited as people’s favorite Wild Turkey product, it’s a must-have for anyone seeking a traditional higher-aged, lower-proof sipping bourbon.
Again quintessential bourbon flavors take the lead, with caramel and vanilla notes resting against tobacco and seasoned oak. A slight rye spice also weaves in but allows the other flavors to show more prominently. The bourbon has a nice mouthfeel, albeit slightly thin. No different than the nose, there is nothing at all off-putting, and the flavors present themselves in a very straightforward and matter-of-fact way.
Rye spice reaches its crescendo in the finish, leading the charge as the flavors climax in full force. The spice quickly fades, revealing vestiges of toasted marshmallows, leather, tobacco, and again, fairly prominent caramel and vanilla notes. It turns slightly dry as it fades away but leaves a warming feeling in your chest.