|RUSSELL’S RESERVE 10 YEAR SMALL BATCH BOURBON REVIEW
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RUSSELL’S RESERVE 10 YEAR SMALL BATCH BOURBON

Proof: 90
Age: 10-year-old
Distillery: Wild Turkey
Master Distiller: James C. “Jimmy” Russell
Season: Fall

RUSSELL’S RESERVE 10 YEAR SMALL BATCH BOURBON REVIEW
3.9 (77.33%) 15 votes

In my personal mission to taste each and every bourbon on the market today, I must admit that some bourbons are much (much!) harder to drink than others. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old is a Wild Turkey product from the legendary 3rd Generation Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and Wild Turkey is not my friend. Naturally, I leered at the bottle with apprehension.

The bottle, however, is beautiful – classy and unassuming, and the bourbon itself almost glows a rich amber color. But, of course, looks can be deceiving.

I pour a little in a snifter and ponder what I will do with the rest of the bottle if this stuff turns out wicked. Even though Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon is only $30 a bottle, it would still be $30 wasted. “Maybe I can make bourbon balls with it”, I thought.

RUSSELL’S RESERVE 10 YEAR SMALL BATCH BOURBON TASTING NOTES

My nose is met with the aroma of cinnamon toast and vanilla…this whiskey smells so luscious it could almost be turned into a scented candle. A few whiffs and my mouth is watering. A few swirls and then I sip.

Relief washes over me….followed by waves of pleasure. “Wow”, “Oh man!”, “whew!” are my first descriptors. At first taste, there’s a little spice kick – but not enough to turn you off – followed by savory vanilla and caramel, molasses and a little oak. As it finishes on my palate, I am met with the taste of dried fruits – maybe raisin? – and some wood residuals. The texture of the bourbon is very light, requiring me to take several sips before I am able to pin down the full panorama of flavors.

OUR VERDICT

B+

Drinking Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old is pure pleasure. Its smooth as hell and almost elusive in its texture. This was better than a good buy – at $30 a bottle its priced just right. At 90 proof, its perfect for a neat pour. And with its sweet and spicy flavor profile, its a great bourbon to enjoy during the fall.

I give this bourbon a B+.

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Would I buy this again? Hell yes.

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2018-08-12T04:28:03+00:00March 19th, 2018|B RATED BOURBONS, BOURBON REVIEW|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Mint Julep Cups May 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the review..gonna have to try this now

    • BourbonDaily May 11, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

      When you try it, let us know what you think and whether or not we were spot on!

  2. nailz420 May 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    New to bourbons. Just tried this one and I like it. It is sweeter and more flavorful than others I have tried.

  3. monk_75 November 13, 2015 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Other reviewers have said that they prefer WT101 to this one, for value if not for taste as well. How would you compare the two?

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