Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 55%)


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$60.99
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A masterful creation of knowledge and tradition.

Back in the middle of the 19th Century, when the Civil War ended, the Ripy Bros returned from the battlefields to their hometown of Lawrenceburg. They picked the slopes of Wild Turkey Hill as a place for their new distillery. It was closed for a short period during the Prohibition and in 1954, it started operating under the guardianship of Jimmy Russell, the 'Buddha of Bourbon'. He knows Bourbon like he knows breathing and Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is an amazing result of his talent.

After the distillation, they mature the Bourbon in the deepest #4 "alligator" char. Now, charring of barrels also serves as filtration and the No. 4 char is the highest level where the barrel is charred for almost a minute (which is a lot). And when your barrel is basically lined with carbon, it filters unwanted compounds found in young whiskey. Rest assured, this Bourbon is clean as heck.

All the fuss pays off, naturally: this Bourbon is subtle with notes of cinnamon and oak, balanced with undertones of vanilla and honey. The finish is deep and rich. And that's how you will feel after taking a sip of this lovely Spirit. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    55%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Single Cask?
    Yes
  • Maturation
    No. 4 alligator charred American white oak barrels

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cinnamon
vanilla
spicy
charred
apple
pie
honey
oak
carbon
What does Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle does not bear an age it is at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Oak, cinnamon, spice, vanilla. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Cinnamon, oak, vanilla. 

Finish
Long, apple pie, oak.
Ratings & Reviews
Amelia
Amelia,
Barrel pick with powerful honey and citrus initially followed by a significant oak and vanilla finish. One of my favorites
 
Sean
Sean,
Very smooth, and flavor spiral very similar to that described here. Purchased for $46, so good at this price.
 
guest
guest,
A fantastic every day drinker. Smooth and affordable.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Nose is full of toffee. First sip is sweet toffee followed by oak. Strong spicy finish, as is to be expected at 110 proof. Adding a few drops of water smooths out the mouthfeel and opens up notes of vanilla and cinnamon.
 
Ben
Ben,
Does this bourbon taste like the Fourth of July? Is it like a liquid apple pie? Is it perfectly balanced between sweetness and strength? If you answered yes to any of those questions you might be one of many lucky drinkers swallowing Russel's Reserve Single Barrel.
 
James
James,
A bit of a bite.
 
guest
guest,
Great bottle for the price you can definitely taste vanilla and honey followed by a slight burn!!
 
Joe
Joe,
Hint of sweetness, very good!
 
Lauren
Lauren,
Recommended by a friend, wow. I finally found a competitor to my Blanton’s. Strong first sip that resonates into a subtle sweet cherry vanilla finish that comfortably lingers for a warm finish.
 
Robert
Robert,
The best damn Rum that has slid down this throat in a long time....as Pappy said, "leave it on the tongue for a while."
 
Lewis
Lewis,
I can keep drinking this until the cows come home.
 
Heather
Heather,
Very good
 
Alan
Alan,
great whiskey very smooth finish
 
KEVIN
KEVIN,
THIS IS SINGLE BARREL SELECTION FOR THE STORE I MANAGE, BUT I DIDN'T TAKE PART IN THE PICK. VERY UNIQUE AND COMPLEX COMPARED TO OTHER RUSSEL'S I'VE HAD. REALLY DEEP SWEETNESS, CHERRY, BARREL, SPICE.
 
Todd
Todd,
This is one of my favorites with plenty of flavor that makes you want to savor every sip. Cinnamon and wood taste really comes through. I wish more bars had this since it is hard to find when I'm traveling.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Way over rated
 
Scott
Scott,
A good whiskey
 
John
John,
Sweet and spicy with a woody taste.
 
David
David,
Spicey
 
Michael
Michael,
Beautiful oak, cinnamon, and vanilla. The oak is really prevalent on the palate, but fantastic.
 
Nancy
Nancy,
Most excellent, very smooth and a nice aftertaste. Great in a Manhattan as well.
 
Chris
Chris,
Pretty strong stuff with nice afterburn
 
Todd
Todd,
This is my favorite whisky hands down and not too hard on the pocket book which is an awesome combination.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Without a doubt, my new go to bourbon for relaxing by the fire pit, listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong sweep me away. Yes, it’s strong... 110 Proof Strong!! But not harsh, sharp, or too powerful. The smell is sweet and classy, while the flavor is prominent and burley. I take this neat. While it never burns, it definitely gets the point across.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very good, cinnamon comes through pretty nicely and can taste vanilla pretty well. Definitely want to have with ice or a splash of water otherwise might bite a bit hard.
 
Allen
Allen,
When I want whiskey that has a sharp bite and doesn't kid around, this is what I reach for. I think of it as the Waylon Jennings of bourbon--challenging, evocative, not for everybody (certainly not beginners). Pepper mingles with toffee as I savor the lingering taste in my throat and mouth between slow sips.
 
Matt
Matt,
Great bourbon neat, or on the rocks. Very smooth and drinkable. Will absolutely buy again.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Excellent bourbon! Sweet with a cinnamon/spice finish.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Enjoyable on all levels.
 
Ro
Ro,
Great bourbon.
 
Danton
Danton,
Proof is high but profile of of subtle notes make this a good slow rocks drink.
 
Spencer
Spencer,
Has a great initial spice, and a subtle honey finish. Really smooth and drinkable.
 
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