Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon Review

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon

Proof: 90
Age: 10-year-old
Distillery: Wild Turkey
Master Distiller: James C. “Jimmy” Russell
Season: Fall

Russell's Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon Review

Tasting Notes

In my personal mission to taste each and every bourbon on the market today, I must admit that some bourbons are much (much!) harder to drink than others. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old is a Wild Turkey product from the legendary 3rd Generation Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and Wild Turkey is not my friend. Naturally, I leered at the bottle with apprehension.

The bottle, however, is beautiful – classy and unassuming, and the bourbon itself almost glows a rich amber color. But, of course, looks can be deceiving.

I pour a little in a snifter and ponder what I will do with the rest of the bottle if this stuff turns out wicked. Even though Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon is only $30 a bottle, it would still be $30 wasted. “Maybe I can make bourbon balls with it”, I thought.

My nose is met with the aroma of cinnamon toast and vanilla…this whiskey smells so luscious it could almost be turned into a scented candle. A few whiffs and my mouth is watering. A few swirls and then I sip.

Relief washes over me….followed by waves of pleasure. “Wow”, “Oh man!”, “whew!” are my first descriptors. At first taste, there’s a little spice kick – but not enough to turn you off – followed by savory vanilla and caramel, molasses and a little oak. As it finishes on my palate, I am met with the taste of dried fruits – maybe rasin? – and some wood residuals. The texture of the bourbon is very light, requiring me to take several sips before I am able to pin down the full panorama of flavors.

Drinking Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old is pure pleasure. Its smooth as hell and almost elusive in its texture. This was better than a good buy – at $30 a bottle its priced just right. At 90 proof, its perfect for a neat pour. And with its sweet and spicy flavor profile, its a great bourbon to enjoy during the fall.

I give this bourbon a…


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Would I buy this again? Hell yes.

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 4 reviews
wild turkey should be taken seriously.

For years I've wandered countless stores here in Kentucky looking for that oh so next best thing. I've done back yard deals for Pappy Van Winkle's(all legal), I've basically touched the moon finding George T Stagg. I used to have a heavily stock of Elmer T Lee (before he died and everyone didn't know he had a bourbon with his name on it and that it was world class at 30 a bottle). Now days I can't touch a bottle of Elmer T Lee because the Hollywood folk have blown it into the next Pappy Van Winkle when we here In Kentucky always knew it's quality.. so now I'm standing in a store wanting to spend 30 dollars and usually I'd Buy anything distilled by Buffalo Trace. But I've had them all. Then I remember my good friend Wild Turkey 101 and the sheer brilliance of Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit but I don't want to spend 40 plus on a bottle today. So do I save 10? No, I'm going after this Russell ' s Reserve small batch. Most days I'd buy Old Grand dad 114 and call it a day, but not this day. This day I remember the name Wild Turkey and grab the bottle I've passed by so many times. For years I let other people do my reviews on RR and boy was I the ever growing idiot. The aroma of RR is legendary status and reminds me much of the first time I actually understood bourbon. The liquid of my fellow Kentucky folk. The legend that never dies. This aroma is fabulous and the taste though not Elmer T Lee is well worth the price. From this day I will stray into territories I've never been and stop believing everything I read as most of the garbage comes from those who know nothing about Kentucky and our Whiskey we call bourbon. These people hold tennessee, new York and Colorado whiskey in the same regard as our precise bourbon. Well it's not and RR is a perfect example that outside all the age statements and fancy bottles there is liquid brilliance running through the blue grass state and these rich men with their 6 figure salaries can take the bulk of our Van Winkle and even our Elmer, but bourbon is much bigger than a few brands. It's top to bottom above every other american spirit. RR is proof of that. Find me a 30 dollar bottle of single malt scotch thats better and I'll delete my post. Find me a Tennessee whiskey and I'll let you have 50 to spend.. case closed.

Russell's reserve is all i drink it may not be for everyone but i like it.

You, sir, are a man of good taste! I friggin love RR!

To the man that called this "piss" it appears that it is you sir who know nothing of bourbon. I am also curious which Tennessee whiskey you would choose (judging by the nature of your comment probably the toilet water called Jack Daniels). I, as did 15 other bourbon review site, for the most part agree with the reviewers assessment. There are better, but there are many more that are worse. I'd say B - B+

Were you smoking Cannabis at the time?? I just tried a shot because of your favorable a word...PISS! I wanna wash my mouth out with Tennesee whisky! If you think that bourbon rates a B+...then maybe you should stick to reviewing wine coolers or something you actually know about! Haha

I dont smoke cannabis when I review bourbons. I do that after. And I DID start a wine cooler review site based on your reccomendaion. Problem is, it takes about 60 of the SOBs to give me a buzz. One Bookers though and I'm drunker than a rick house full of Indians. Which Tennessee whiskey are you thinkin about washing your mouth out with? (this is me feeding the trolls).

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  • Mint Julep Cups

    Thanks for the review..gonna have to try this now

    • BourbonDaily

      When you try it, let us know what you think and whether or not we were spot on!

  • nailz420

    New to bourbons. Just tried this one and I like it. It is sweeter and more flavorful than others I have tried.

  • monk_75

    Other reviewers have said that they prefer WT101 to this one, for value if not for taste as well. How would you compare the two?

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