Whiskey Tasting Review – Russell’s Reserve Straight Bourbon 10 Year

Consensus Rating (0-100, from previously collected ratings) – 71.25

What are you reviewing? Russell’s Reserve Straight Bourbon 10 Year

What overall grade do you give it? A

Do you remember how much you paid for the bottle? $30 (Fair Price – $35)

Is the whiskey worth what you paid? Yes

Nose – Immediately I smell dark chocolate, dark berries, some nutty notes, almost almond-like. And then it hits me: this smells like chocolate almond torte topped with raspberries! Very complex and compelling.

Palate – The palate matches the nose, again with the rich chocolate-y flavor, nuttiness, and fruit. On the second sip, a cherry flavor slips in, nearly Luxardo-like. When covering the tongue, there is little to no burn, and there’s a buttery quality in the way it lays itself out.

Finish – On the finish, the nutty flavor is clearly hazelnut, and is reminiscent of Nutella spread. Again, the burn is minimal, the cherry notes pop up, and then it settles into a mellow vanilla. Delightful.

Does this whiskey remind you of a different whiskey? While I detect a bit of the family heritage from WT 101, this dram of whiskey is so mellow, it stands out. This is very much a “dessert bourbon,” and I would liken it my other favorite sweet bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

In your opinion, what’s the best use of this whiskey (sipping or mixing? Any recommendations on a particular mix? Whiskey this good must be served neat; if you must add a drop or two of water, go for it.

Is there anything about the whiskey we should know that we didn’t ask? This is a bargain standout. My mid-tier collection ($20-40) has all the usual suspects: Elijah Craig sb, 1792 sb, Evan Williams sib, etc. This one is unique among this tier with its depth of flavor and consistency from nose to finish. Excellent bourbon.

Author: stlbourbonbuyers

Father, bourbon enthusiast, husband.

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