Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is one of two Wild Turkey single barrel bourbons, the other being Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit. Unlike other distilleries such as Four Roses and Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey uses only one mashbill and one yeast for all of their bourbon. One approach isn’t better than the other, just an observation for additional context. In addition to the standard Russell Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon that’s often readily available, Russell’s Reserve is also known for its expansive single barrel program, and it seems to be growing.
In this review, I’m delving into a Total Wine selection of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon that could possibly be 10 years old, older than normal for Russell’s Reserve. Given what’s on the label – barrel 19-1830 from warehouse F floor 6, distilled in 11/19/09, dumped 12/16/19, and bottled 2/5/20, this barrel pick could be 10 years old, assuming that the distillate was barreled within 3 weeks of it being distilled, but guarantee that it was. I haven’t had Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel in over 3.5 years, so let’s see if I’ve been missing out in this Total Wine and Spirits Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon review.