Russell’s Reserve is a super-premium product line of Wild Turkey of which there are four core whiskey expressions: RR 6 Year Old Rye, RR Single Barrel Rye, RR 10 Year Old Bourbon, and RR Single Barrel Bourbon. Being a big fan of Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit (essentially, the single barrel version of WT 101) and a big fan of Wild Turkey in general, I looked forward to siting down with Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel to see what it might have to offer.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon – (reportedly) 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley – 110 proof, non-chill filtered KSBW – no age statement – distilled by Wild Turkey Distilling Co. – no barrel number or bottling date
Tasted neat in a Canadian Glencairn after resting about six minutes …
Color: deep amber
Nose: candy corn, Boston Baked Beans (candy-coated peanuts), Werther’s Originals (toffee candy), buttered sweet corn, musty oak, signature “Wild Turkey rickhouse funk”
Taste: (very similar to the nose) can’t help thinking of more Boston Baked Beans, toffee, vanilla, candy corn, very subtle rye spice, funky sweet oak
Finish: very warm, long, waves of rye spice & oak char – finishes like a 110 proof bourbon should
With a little water added: brings forward some burnt sugar and slight floral notes, but the subtle rye spice has vanished – still refreshing and enjoyable
Overall: I’m really enjoying this bottle of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel. It’s a solid single barrel expression of the well-known and loved Wild Turkey bourbon profile, and that said, is certainly worth the $55 I paid for it. It’s a great tasting bourbon from a quality distillery and welcome on my shelf any day. I’m giving this bottle a borderline B/B+.