Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Turkey: Russell's Reserve 1998
I'm a sucker for a Wild Turkey post on Thanksgiving, so I figured this would be as good a time as ever to review the new Russell's Reserve 1998. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015, but according to Josh at The Whiskey Jug, it was moved to steel containers in 2014.
Russell's Reserve 1998, 51.1% abv ($250)
This has a beautiful nose with caramel, honey and plenty of oak. The palate carries those same notes along with tannic and earthy notes which lead into an earthy, peppery finish.
As someone who has been pretty disappointed with the recent output from Wild Turkey, I'm pleased to report that this is really good stuff. It's probably the best release since the American Spirit (which I reviewed for Thanksgiving six years ago).
It's definitely on the expensive side, and I'm sure it will be hard to find, but it's one of the best of the bourbon special releases I've had this season (and I'll be running down a bunch of the others next week).
Thanks to Dan Walbrun for sharing his bottle.