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Russell Reserve Bourbon is a small-batch release distilled at the Wild Turkey Distillery, owned by Campari Group. But it’s also the pet project of father-and-son master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell — and they have hung their name and reputation on it. There are three bottles in the Russell Reserve line, including an 8 YO, and 10 YO, and a single-barrel version.
The Russell’s not only distill Bourbon for Campari, they get to taste and match casks too. They set aside — reserve — the best casks of aging Bourbon to create Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old. The formula is simple and classic — a solid mix of corn, wheat, rye, and a dash of barley distilled and aged a full ten years in dark #4 char, white oak casks. Awards? It’s got nine of them, including a rare double-gold medal in San Francisco.
It's ok. It's got a nice rye spice, which I normally like, but it also has like a caraway flavor and definite alcohol feel, even over ice. It's not terribly expensive for a 10 year old, but it's not really that special for the branding.
Everyone's tastes are different and I guess my tastes just aren't quite as refined as most that review this whiskey. I'm struggling giving it a 6. I just get some weird bitter taste on this that just doesn't suit my tastes. I gave a sample to a friend and he thought it was great. While I don't think it's terrible and I still pour a dram or two, I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. I would pay the $34 again however to keep some on hand as it seems others really do like it.
Subtle flavors, cinnamon and vanilla and generally a more heavy, earthy feel. Goes down smooth with a lingering spicy feel. Decent sipping whiskey.
Russel's Reserve 10 year was the first time I experienced the, "Oh, THIS is what a spirit you enjoy tastes like." I began exploring spirits by happenstance, amongst over a decade of sticking solely with beer. I had always felt,, since I drink alcohol sparingly, for the taste, that enjoying a 16 ounce glass over 1.5 ounces of liquor was the no-brainer for enjoying a beverage. I also couldn't get past the burn. The smoothness of Russell's along with the carmel and sweeter notes flipped the light switch for me.
Nice Carmel and smooth. Prefer old Forrester to this.
A great daily sipper that could easily be a regular in my bar at the price point.
Nose: Vanilla icing, cinnamon, molasses
Palate Cinnamon, oak, dark cherry
Finish: Cinnamon spice
A 10 year old bourbon with full flavor for $40-$50? Russell's is terrific. Check out the single barrel if you can. I personally think this line is a bit underrated.
More of an everyday bourbon for me. Smooth and mild. Vanilla and cream flakes.
Easy drinker, near. Very mellow with little burn.
Nice smooth bourbon for the price point. Excellent for making a cocktail. One of my early bottles I tried and better than the Longbranch.
Amazing bourbon flavors, cherry, vanilla, and cream. Shortest life, of any bottle I've ever purchased. Love this bourbon.
Very smooth. I always drink this neat and it is great every time. I've had more complex bourbons with bolder flavors, but for the price point this is in daily drinker category.
I liked Russell’s Reserve- but had high expectations. I visited the Wild Turkey Distillery last year- my favorite bourbon. They spoke highly of this bottle but it wasn’t available at the premises and I was unable to find it at a local speciality store. Saw it was available on Flaviar and ordered immediately. I understand it’s aged 10 years, which made that authentic taste considerably subtle. I would gladly enjoy again, but still think the Longbranch is unmatched from Wild Turkey.
There are many things to like about Russells Reserve, and I have the upmost respect for Eddie and his father Jimmy. I have really enjoyed several of their single barrel selections and blends, but this one is somewhat lackluster. I taste definitely some cherry or Berry flavors in this blend, but not super impressed. To me, it taste more like the cherries in Robitussin cough medicine, and I do not like the medicinal notes. Consider trying, or otherwise consider trying a couple other wild turkey options.
Great under $40 bottle
I have nothing but respect for Eddie and Jimmy Russell. But this one falls a little flat. At 90’proof it’s very smooth, but this whiskey does not bloom. The moment it touches water it might as well be water. Too bland, go for the single barrel.
A great bourbon at a great price point - rich flavors of caramel and vanilla - cheers.
Got a nice lingering spice and flavor. Can’t go wrong. Hints of vanilla are nice
Maple and caramel foremost on the palate followed by dark cocoa, cinnamon, and slight brown sugar. Finish is well-balanced with a few more notes of cinnamon, clean with a touch of leather. Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made in Kentucky using a generations-old mash recipe. After the grains are mashed and fermented, they are distilled to a lower proof than at other distilleries in Kentucky, meaning that less water is used in diluting the bourbon before it is matured and bottled. Following distillation, the bourbon is aged for at least 10 years in virgin American oak casks that have been charred with a #4 char. Typically, the degree of charring within a cask is measured on a scale of one to four, with a #1 char referring to casks that have been slightly toasted, and a #4 char referring to casks that have been charred so heavily that the interior resembles an alligator hide (the latter are nicknamed alligator-charred casks). The heavy char contributes bold notes of vanilla, cinnamon and oak to Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon, and compliments its notes of honey and cloves. Each batch of Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon is crafted from only a handful of casks, each of which is personally selected by Russell and his son, Eddie (together, the pair have over 80 years of experience making bourbon). In addition, the casks selected are exclusively from the center of Wild Turkey's rickhouse, which Russell believes is the best area for maturing bourbon.
I like it, a great everyday drinker
Has the perfect taste going down as well as after taste. Best over a large cube of iced and chill the bottle. MY favorite!
This is a wonderful bourbon. There's all the traditional honey, oak, and spice in here but it's not run of the mill. The oak char shines on this one. Barrell selects are even more amazing, so keep your eyes out!
My favorite over ice
Light-bodied. Some vanilla, molasses, and cherry undertone. Light finish.
Awesome, so smooth
Smooth and tasty - good to sip over a large chunk of ice.
Not bad at all, great up front with a lingering finish!
Very good, and very smooth definitely can see this as a daily drinker. But it sort of feels like every other mainstream bourbon. I don’t really get any taste that sets it apart.
Good sipping bourbon
My go-to daily drinker. Everything I want from my whiskey.
Solid everyday sipping bourbon
Smooth, but with some complexity, best budget bourbon I've had recently.
Good stuff, best tasting whiskey I’ve tasted, and good price.
I got it under 40 dollars, it’s way worth it, IMO
This is a very punchy bourbon that rich and spicy. It belongs in a cocktail with other strong flavors.
Another one that often gets overlooked. This is a solid 10 year full of flavor and quite smooth too.
Very drinkable neat or on the rocks. It's smooth and sweet with a nice balance of oak.
A very good bourbon. Not my preferred profile but it's a dang good one. Vanilla and corn are what I really get a lot of
Smooth up front. Spicy notes on the back
Awesome neat. Lots of caramel and vanilla with some burn on the back end the mouth feel is lasting and is bold. Leaving you looking forward to the next sip!!!!
Love the sweet
Big oak spice and vanilla
Good every day drinker. Smooth and highly drinkable.
I think it has a spicy kick. I like it.
Enjoyed the caramel note in this bourbon.
Has a nice price point for a 10 year old - 29.99 on sale, normally $33. Has a very good sweet caramel taste, oak too.
Very smooth, easy drinkablilty
Great flavor with a good amount of bite... this is a whisky that I crave on a Friday night after a long work week.
Great mixer! A little hot through the nose and peppery neat, but mixes well. Not quite a sipper.
Better than the Breckinridge provided in the Welcome sampler. Good finish and balanced on the tongue.
A little brighter than most bourbon to me, pairs well with citrus.
I am a fan of many Wild Turkey products, but for a 10 year bourbon, I was incredibly underwhelmed. Perhaps I just picked up a bottle that didn't match my expectations. Its affordable enough to try again another day.
Not as sweet and caramel as the flavor spiral indicates. More spicy, especially on the finish.
i really like this bourbon -- its a kin to a blantons with the vanilla and caramel but at a little cheaper price point.
By far my favorite go to bourbon! A nice price point for a 10yr that is very smooth with a nice finish.
Great everyday drink
My favorite daily drinker. Great peppery, oaky bourbon.
Really solid. Nice burn at 90 proof. Butter, citrus and honey up front. Char and apple on the back end. Good value considering you're getting a 10 y/o bourbon for it (which is really when they tend to hit their stride in a lot of cases).
Packs a punch, but nice notes of caramel
the 10 year old is a good sipping bourbon with a birth of sweet grain; a life of rich toffee that leads to a spicy death.
I didn't really feel it lived up to my expectations and so I wasn't very impressed as I wanted to be.
Caramel rye pepper
The aroma is very strong bourbon. After setting it mellows. I'd you enjoy bourbon this should satisfy. Very close to turkey but milder. .
Floral and complex. One of the best bourbons for sitting and sipping. Probably my favorite thing out of the Wild Turkey products and definitely better than most. However, it is not smoky, so if you love smoke, this one probably isn't going to like your... fire.
Very smooth. If you like wild turkey you will love it
At this point, it's my favorite bourbon. Just the right balance of sweet with enough bite.
It's a pretty smooth wild turkey.
Not smooth- prefer wild turkey rare breed to this
Great taste .. strong flavor.. best neat but mixes well
A little oaky.. a splash of water brings some fruity sweetness. Long finish. Good stuff but opens up a ton with a bit of water. Spicier than similar eagle rare
Simply ok. Little rough going down
Lots of corn flavor hits at mid tounge. Flavor seems muted compared to many others.