Russell’s Reserve Private Barrel Selection
Bourbon — Lawrenceburg, KY, USA
Reviewed September 19, 2022
I decided to do a blind with Russell's 10 year, Wild Turkey Rare Breed and Russell's Reserve Private Selection. I poured all the glasses, let them rest for 20 to 30 minutes mixed the glasses up, closed my eyes mixed them up again. The first glass I picked up... I was like this is Russell's 10, the second glass I picked up I was like I'm pretty sure this is Wild Turkey Rare Breed and the third glass I picked up I was like yeah this is Russell's Private Selection. Lol I've never had such an easy blind. I guess it helps to have the same distiller with a different quality product. RR10 almost has a tangy light cherry and a little smokey nose. Taste is more subdued than the others carmel, ethanol cherry ends in a lighter cherry numb finish. This one has opened up since I bought it last year so I give it 4. Wild Turkey Rb has more of that wild turkey tangy nose we all know, cherry vanilla stronger and fuller than the 10. Taste also has that wild turkey tang but more complex and full bodied. Very smooth carmel and medium cherry. More of a sweet finish and a lighter numb. Very good stuff especially after the RR10. I give it a 4.25. Now we got the Russell's reserve private selection store pick...nose has less of the tang but sweeter and more cherry. Taste is a cherry bomb, super smooth but still strong, less of the Wt tang, good stuff!! This one is the winner with 4.5 but WTRB is no slouch.