This is a Russell's Reserve single barrel selection, done by RareBird101 and the Russell's. The image is from RareBird's website. Let's dive in.
Closed off on the nose, but pleasant. Toffee, musty pipe tobacco, caramel and pepper. Decadent and leaning heavily in the sweet and musty direction. No signature RRSiB orange marmalade note.
Medium mouth feel. Caramel, some tannic oak. Heat grows with time, perhaps a bit overbearing, but not punishing. Nutmeg, toffee, tobacco, plum.
Medium in length. Heavy on musty notes like oak, tobacco, plum. The oak structure is a hair overbearing but not too tannic. Strong toffee, caramel, cocoa backbone.
Overall, an excellent selection. CGF it is not, big then again, what RRSiB are? Through the lens of reality, this only helps exemplify and cement Russell’s Reserve reputation as being a phenomenal go to - selection or not. This bottle strays from the hotter, more fruit driven and settles into the richer, more savory sweet profile that can be found in many of these. A job well done.