Russell’s Reserve 13 2023 Release

The latest Russell’s Reserve 13yr is actually a blend of 13, 15, and 21 year old Wild Turkey bottled at 114.8 proof. Even though it took a STEEP price increase, it’s still one of the most sought after bourbon releases of the year, so let’s dig in. On the nose, a very complex and rich blend of vanilla bean, Jamaican pot-still rum, raisins, and leather. On the palate, a leather whip to the tongue, then rich candied oranges, toffee, and creamy caramel emerge. Spice is BIG, but in the background, leather is massive, but not overpowering. Sweetness is throughout, but never cloying or too rich. This is a massive whiskey that drinks light, and a light whiskey that drinks massive. It’s balanced, focused, and altogether damn delicious.