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Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Rye 6 Year Old

1st Rye experience

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@GotOak91Review by @GotOak91

7th Nov 2012

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  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    19
  • Overall
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At my local grocery store I've always noticed this particular bottle of rye whiskey, it was the only one there and it looked like just to fill up space on the shelf. So I decided it was about the time where I try the reemerging style that is rye whiskey.

Nose: Sweet like a bourbon with vanilla, caramel, maple syrup and oddly sweet almonds. I was expecting something else... not entirely sure given the lack of experience of rye whiskey.

Body: Medium weight and relatively smooth with a notable tingle on the tongue more so than the E.C.12

Taste: Spicy is the predominate flavor which is expected. I detect rye spice and fall baking spices i.e. nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and some black pepper. This taste is quite contrasting from the nose. This is interesting....

Finish: Short yet powerful ending with the bursts of spicy rye and pepper with a drying ending.

Overall: Not entirely sure if this is a proper feel of a Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey so comments are welcome especially if you have a suggestion for a better rye. As a first time rye drinker this was a reasonably pleasurable experience.

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5 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Good review. Trust your judgment. The best thing is just to take the time and experience the whiskeys, rye or otherwise. Russell's Reserve is a good quality rye, but you will judge your preferences by getting to know a few others as well. The exploration is the fun.

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

...and there are some rye whiskey discussions on Connosr to hear people's preferences, including mine. I would describe Russell's Reserve 6 yo Rye as a very solid mid-range rye. Personally I like them more concentrated than 45% ABV, generally. But there are some very decent ryes in that range.

8 years ago 0

@GotOak91
GotOak91 commented

Thanks Victor I guess I should look for that discussion. On another note I was kind of surprised that this bottling wasn't listed. I guess its a relatively new line by WT. *Relatively as in several years.

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@GotOak91, no, Russell's Reserve Rye has been around quite some time. People writing reviews of rye whiskeys on connosr haven't been around for so long. There's a large amount of work keeping up with the many brands for our Connosr tech crew. Until there is a review of a whiskey there isn't a compelling reason to search out all of the brands, and there are many other tasks demanding tech attention on Connosr.

8 years ago 0

@GotOak91
GotOak91 commented

I understand the effort that has to be made in order to keep this site running and its greatly appreciated. I would agree that in the list of priorities finding the pictures for every bottling made by every distiller especially for the whiskies that haven't had a review made upon it would be low and that's fine with me as there are more important things to do for this site. I was just wondering as when this bottling was started as most bottlings are older than me.

8 years ago 0

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