Review: Russell's Reserve 10 Year's Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Charred Virgin Oak
75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Distiller Wild Turkey (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)

I go back and forth on how much I like Wild Turkey. While they have some fantastic offerings at the higher levels, and their 101 and rare breeds have their charm - sometimes their products miss the mark for me. But, I can’t resist good bourbon….this represents one of the older and more refined regular bottles coming from Wild Turkey.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LL/IC270901

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

The nose seems to showcase malt quite clearly. Green apple, pears, brown sugar, rich oak, heirloom corn grits, caramel, and a really nice set of baking spices and oiliness. There is a thick, rich, oaky sweetness on the nose. The nose also reminds me of freshly cracked hazlenuts – we used to have a tree. The palate seems to brings forth more dried fruit (apricots, prunes) and the richness of the oak and the spices remain at the core. The oak is slightly bitter on the palate. The finish has dried orange peel, dried apricot, baking spices, and a bit of tobacco.

I like this – it is definitely more refined than the younger versions (which have a roughness that give them some appeal). Pretty good for the price – these days at least.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: high at $55.