Chapter 5, Part 9.
Over the month of November 2017, Flight Club will be bringing you “30 Turkeys in 30 days.” Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product. Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.
Yesterday, we continued the Russell’s line chapter with a Russell’s Reserve 10 Year bottle that dated back to 2007. As we mentioned, that date is important, because it would have gone in the barrel at 107 proof versus the current 115 proof. Today, we sample a more recent Russell’s 10 year, this one with a 2015 bottling date. We can assume that this would have gone in the barrel at 110 proof.*
*We can bet that the current bottling has an even different profile than these two 10 years. Send us a bottle and we will let you know!
Nose: Much fruitier than the 2007 counterpart; peaches; oranges; plum; dusty oak. Smells younger and has more of an ethanol burn. (2.5/5)
Palate: Little rye kick; creamy; sweet cream vanilla frosting; marshmallow; light toffee; nutmeg; sweetened lemon. (2.5/5)
Finish: Medium. Lemon cream puff; caramel toffee bar. (2.5/5)
Overall: This Russell’s Reserve 10 Year has a different profile, with decent flavor, but we wish the flavors would have been stronger. (2.5/5)
Value: Purchased locally for around $30. A decent buy for a 10 year bourbon with overall decent flavors. (3/5)
“This Russell’s Reserve 10 Year has a different profile, with decent flavor, but we wish the flavors would have been stronger.”