Russell's Reserve 2002 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon

Wild Turkey // Kentucky, USA

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  1. CordovZ

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose- Heavy charred oak, honeyed bread, sweet caramel, banana, rosemary, dill, baking spices Palate- dry oak, dill, rye spices, cocoa powder, caramelized sugar, apples, vanilla Finish- Long, oily finish with notes of Toasted oak, baking spices, and sweet fruits Big, bold, and beautiful. Fantastic bourbon. The nose is complex and gets better with time, with a perfect balance of sweet, spice, and oak. The palate is very similar to the nose, perfectly balanced. The sweetness and rye spices compliment eachother well, and getting a lovely apple note as well. The finish is, as expected, extremely long and enjoyable.
  2. Djbandy20

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    13.0 USD per Pour
    Republic Social House
  3. Devin-Carter

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Republic Social House
  4. BlimpsGo90

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Neat. Neck pour. Nose is somewhat brighter than I expected for 16 year WT product. Caramels, bright cherries and some WT nuttiness are the first notes to leap out at me. The fruits on this are surprising intense. Raspberries, cherries and strawberries. A nice vanilla wraps all the fruit together with a nice sweetness. Sitting with it for 20 minutes, the dark notes start coming through. A tremendous amount of baking spices and burnt caramels. Only a hint of oak which is very surprising. Very nice, creamy texture. All that vanilla, red fruits, and cinnamon dominate the tongue. The flavors are surprisingly muted for the initial swallow and then upper cut you with caramel and oak. And more oak. And more oak. And more oak. On subsequent sips, the vanilla sweetness becomes more prevalent but can’t overcome that oak. I can’t believe how the oak was mostly a background note on the nose at first and then just punches you relentlessly in the face in the finish. It’s a fun and interesting experience but I wouldn’t call it delicious. It’s special but not upper echelon. I’ll return to it in a few months and see if it opens up to take it to a truly elite level.
  5. mec1919

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    slightly oaky, but plenty of body with a decent amount of burn & sweet. biggest hindrance... the burn gets in the way of the taste whereas in the booker’s 30th the proof enhances the flavor. overall not bad at all 👍
    Proof•Reader Restaurant & Bar
  6. AaronJK

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great pour - slightly too oaky on the finish is the only criticism. Classic RR profile but elevated
  7. ryanc919

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The color is a vibrant, rich amber, with a nose that is full of dry oak, leather, cinnamon, clove, campfire smoke, molasses and hints of vanilla and burnt caramel. The palate is dry and full of campfire smoke, dried oak, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and some interesting hints of rye spiciness. The finish is medium long with a mouth full of campfire smoke and dried oak while the spiciness fades and reveals more of the vanilla.
    MOUTON
  8. JoeyNic

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  9. ggekko

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Definitely feel the bite on this, needs a little cut. Good flavor, no smoke, wimpy finish.
    Powell
  10. staircasewitch

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
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