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Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    52%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: This is a bold and powerful single barrel rye for a fairly reasonable price.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The finish is prickly and warming, with fleeting richness. A very lean rye overall, a bit challenging, a bit old school.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It isn’t a particularly peppery rye, but it does have some astringency to it — pronounced on the nose but just as detectable on the finish — that might be mistaken for some kind of “spice” character.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Intro:

    This is the final phase of Gobble Til You Wobble and Ill 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.

  • 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. Theres 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. Its 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.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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