Bottle: 203 of 2070
I recently met and spoke to Jimmy Russell at an event. When I spoke to him about the 1998 he lit up. Russell’s Reserve 1998 is the latest edition and one of the only knocks against it is that it’s too rare, coming from only 23 barrels that produced 2,070 bottles. Jimmy & Eddie Russell set these barrels aside when they first released Russell’s Reserve 10 year bourbon. They thought the barrels might become something special for a future release. However, they realized that they didn’t have many barrels and were losing a lot of whiskey to evaporation. Plus the flavors were great for an older whiskey, so they decided to dump it into their holding tank for a year.
Nose: Love this nose! Old oak, rich vanilla & caramel, berry, peanut. Spice for the rye.
Palate: Rush of rich vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. As it slides down the palate there is a slight dry astringency, but subsides further down the pour which I can’t explain. Thicker than normal mouth feel.
Finish: Medium to long, with a spicy, sweet oak end that stays for a while.
Probably my favorite release of 2015. Very complex pour. Can analyze the different layers of the nose and palate for days. Expensive price tag and extremely limited, but a good bottle to pour on special occasions.
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