I’ve been on the hunt for a reasonably priced, daily sipping bourbon and I think this one pretty much nailed it. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch is produced by the Wild Turkey distillery. As the name implies it has been matured for 10 years in oak and weighs in at 90 proof. I’ve found it in stores for between $30-$35.
It pours a deep coppery hue with some touches or tangerine. Definitely a nice, rich and pretty color. It really pops out at you under the light.
The nose is definitely intesely oaky as your would expect from a bourbon of this age. It also has some nice strong accents of cinnamon, cardamom, plum and a little spicy chili paste. It’s a real joy to just sit and sniff for a while.
Again, as you would expect, this is some pretty rich stuff. Loads of oak upfront. It’s a nice smooth woodiness though so I’m guessing they used something like a medium char on the barrels. The middle brings out a fair amount of vanilla and some almond nuttiness but that’s quickly overpowered by a really spicy finish with a ton of black pepper and chili paste.
The body is surprisingly full. Very creamy, smooth and chewy. Usually this kind of mouth feel only comes from the higher 100+ proof boubons.
I’m definitely partial to big, bold flavored and oaky bourbons so this one pretty much hits the spot for me. I really recommend picking up a bottle of this stuff. The intense spice on the finish is a tad much for my taste but a little extra water will mellow that out. I can foresee always keeping a bottle of this around. At $30, if you don’t enjoy it straight, you don’t have to feel guilty mixing it or serving to guests either.