|Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon|
|Jimmy and Eddie Russel - the geniuses behind Wild Turkey|
I'm a Wild Turkey fan - and I have a rather deep love for Russell's Reserve products - the upscale line introduced about a decade ago, perhaps as a response to Beam's Small Batch Collection. I think there's little debate that Beam's branding exercise was more of a success. But, as Jordan Devereaux, whiz kid whisky / cocktail science genius of the excellent and highly recommended Chemistry Of The Cocktail blog wrote in the comments section of my last post (a petulant diatribe against the loose meaning of the term "small batch):
|Review of the 10 to come...|
And so it is. A full review of Russell's Reserve 10 will follow shortly (and a lovely bottle of it was just generously supplied by the lovely Danielle of Exposure). So, why is Russell's Reserve bourbon suddenly so present in the whiskey Zeitgeist?
It's because today is the day that the exciting new expression Russell's Reserve Single Barrel bourbon is out. This is exciting for a host of reasons:
- Cask Strength. As Chuck Cowdery - serious bourbon genius - explains:
"For any Wild Turkey whiskey, 110° is just about barrel proof because they have an unusually low barrel entry proof."
If you read Sku's Recent Eats last Tuesday you just read a post about how rare high proof bourbons are. Beam has had a premium one since Booker's. Wild Turkey's is Rare Breed. A nice sip, but not really a high end bourbon. (Whisky geeks, please remember that Booker's is "small batch and this new Russell's is "Single Barrel"). So this is a fairly major addition to our pantheon of barrel strength bourbon.
- Not chill filtered - for uncut barrel goodness
- #4 Char barrels for that lovely richness of deeply charred oak.
The proof will come in the tasting in any case. Keep your eyes peeled for this one. This might be a lovely addition to the canon.
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