Russell's Reserve (LL/JL)
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
13 Years Aged
Wild Turkey Distillery - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Poured Neat in a Copita nosing glass - Click Here to order
Appearance: Ruby Amber
Nose: Pound Cake, Vanilla, Lemon Zest, Sweet Cream, Honey
Palate: Brown Sugar, Creamy Caramel, Rich Vanilla Bean, Earthy Spice (Funk), Slight Oak
Finish: Very warm, viscous with a long linger and a slight white pepper spice.
Overall: The hype was completely real with last year's inaugural Russell's Reserve 13 Year release. The bottle blew me away upon my first sip and easily landed itself in my Library Top-5 of 2021. This year's release makes no exception. Quality, consistency, proof and downright deliciousness has "funked-up" my senses. The pour starts on the nose with a buttery sweetness and some lemon zest and honey that transfers to a brown sugar, vanilla and caramel delight on the palate. The finish does exactly what I wanted it to do...LAST FOREVER. Okay, forever may be a little dramatic. For sake of argument, let's say it lasts quite a while. But it's not just the linger on the finish, it's also the amazing white pepper and rye spice that coats the back of the tongue that had me smacking and licking my lips for at least a minute to secrete a little more saliva to taste beyond the finish. (Like the 'Beyond' section at Bed Bath & Beyond).
If you happened to be lucky enough to find this bottle at or very close to retail, you already won. This is one to celebrate with friends for special occasions or one to be completely selfish with (I'm not judging), pull up a comfortable chair, light a medium-bodied cigar, listen to some Miles Davis and just drift away for the next hour and a half.
Will this land in my Library Top-5 for a second year in a row?
Library Rating: 9.0 / 10