Bourbon Breakdown: Russell’s Reserve Bourbon

September 3, 2021

As we mentioned in our breakdown of Wild Turkey bourbon, there is no way to talk about the brand without talking about Jimmy & Eddie Russell. The father-and-son duo are the Master Distillers for Wild Turkey and together have over 100 years of experience in the industry. Naturally there’s a line of bourbon and rye whiskeys named after them. Indeed, each bottle will bear the signatures of both Jimmy and Eddie.

Below is a breakdown of the Russell’s Reserve Bourbon whiskeys along with a brief tasting note and our Distiller’s Community Ratings. This way you can make an informed decision the next time you’re ready to make a bourbon purchase.

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Bourbon

This is a small batch, 10 year-old bourbon created by both Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

What to Know:

Made from the same mash bill bourbon recipe as the rest of the Wild Turkey offerings, the barrels were selected by Eddie from the “sweet spot” of the rickhouse after 10 years of aging. It’s bottled at 90 proof.

What Our Experts Say It Tastes Like:

Oaky sweetness with orange, dark chocolate, leather and baking spices.

Avg US Price: $39
ABV: 45%
Community Rating: 3.74 out of 5 stars (3,451 Ratings)

Russell's Reserve Bourbon: Russell’s Reserve 10 Year BourbonRussell’s Reserve 10 Year Bourbon /Photo Credit: Russell’s Reserve

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

Introduced in 2013, each Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is hand-selected.

What to Know:

The bourbon is non-chill filtered before bottling providing a fuller flavor and comes in at 110 proof.

What Our Experts Say It Tastes Like:

Oak, baking spices, chocolate and…freshly baked snickerdoodle cookies.

Avg US Price: $63
ABV: 55%
Community Rating: 4.04 out of 5 stars (2,309 Ratings)

Russell's Reserve Bourbon: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel BourbonRussell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon /Photo Credit: Russell’s Reserve

Other Russell’s Reserve Bottlings to Know

Russell’s Reserve 13 Year Bourbon

This expression was just released in June 2021 in celebration of Eddie’s 40 years in distilling. Matured for at least 13 years, the bourbon is bottled at barrel proof and is non-chill filtered.

Of course we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the Russell’s Reserve portfolio also has a couple of ryes to enjoy. There’s a 6 year-old rye bottled at 90 proof as well as a Single Barrel Rye which comes in at 104 proof. Moreover, each of these ryes are made with a low-rye mash bill, so if you’re looking for just a little more spice than these bourbon offerings, give these two a try.

Russell's Reserve Bourbon: Russell’s Reserve 13 Year BourbonRussell’s Reserve 13 Year Bourbon /Photo Credit: Russell’s Reserve


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