Russell’s Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Single Barrel is produced by the distillery known for creating Wild Turkey. The original distillery began operations in 1869, when the Ripy brothers started producing Kentucky Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. That bourbon was eventually branded as Wild Turkey, which today remains a popular and respected bourbon whiskey with international distribution.
In 1954, Jimmy Russell became the head distiller and continued refinement of Wild Turkey. In 1981, Jimmy’s son Eddie joined the distilling team, eventually forming the first father-son team of Master Distillers. In 1998, Eddie selected the finest barrells to bear the label Russell’s Reserve.
Producer: Wild Turkey continues to make Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey in Lawrenceburg. In 2009 the company was purchased by Italian drinks producer Gruppo Campari. In 2016, actor Matthew McConaughey joined the Wild Turkey team as creative director, eventually releasing Longbranch, a small batch bourbon with Texas influences. Russell’s Reserve continues to represent the finest in Wild Turkey distilling.
Description: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 55% ABV/110 proof.
Price: Retails around $40.
Appearance: Coppery red.
Nose: Vanilla, brown sugar, traces of oak and cinnamon.
Taste: Distinct spice, toffee, licorice and vanilla.
Finish: Sweet spice and malt.
Complexity: Well balanced.
Other Comments: Enjoy straight.