Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    55%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: It’s very much with the current trend of American whiskeys toward no age statement; youthful and playful in nature, and versatile.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and enjoyable, with a distinct apple pie note followed by oak, baking spices, chocolate and finally, freshly baked snickerdoodle cookies before dissipating.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Somewhat minty, but more of a dried mint than fresh. Inviting and restrained, this is sipping Bourbon that welcomes conversation, a dense and chewy whiskey with a clearly impressive pedigree. Way to go, Jimmy!
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This was sort of an interesting battle. On one hand, the notes were delicious and rich. But the heat was pretty overbearing, especially in the palate. I get, though, that at 55% we really shouldn't expect a complete lack of heat, I think its sometimes just more evident given how much spice some of these Turkeys can have.
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  • Intro:

    A Warehouse D Russells Reserve Single Barrel joins us today for our bourbon review.

  • Nose:

    Toffee, caramel, clove and some faint citrus peel. Vanilla and butter cream. Some turkey spice, but not too much.

  • Taste:

    Thick and rich, loaded with sweets like vanilla and caramel. Hot, though, much hotter than expected. Good deal of pepper and oak. Really sweet overall, but also pretty hot.

  • Finish:

    Medium to long with really rich toffee. Heat persists, though.

  • Overall:

    This was sort of an interesting battle. On one hand, the notes were delicious and rich. But the heat was pretty overbearing, especially in the palate. I get, though, that at 55% we really shouldn't expect a complete lack of heat, I think its sometimes just more evident given how much spice some of these Turkeys can have. It was the major factor in keeping this from climbing higher, though.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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