Rusells Reserve bourbon is a fairly well aged single barrel release from WT that is bottled at 55% ABV. Matured in Rickhouse E on Rick 4, this release is a hair under 9 years old. (Distilled 9.9.2011, Bottled 6.1.2020)
Spicy and funky, a bit musty. Honey, orange zest, some pepper. Faintly nutty, enjoyable molasses note.
Sweet and rich on the palate. Toffee, light cocoa, some honey. Faint pepper, hint of almond. Ethanol is present and mildly distracting.
Long finish. Spicy and hot, but plenty going on. A nice graham cracker note.
Enjoyable and quintessentially Russell’s. A little hot, but still very good. A lot of people doubt Total Wine's prowess in selections, but I think they do just fine.