Russell's Reserve 13 year old Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight, 57.4%

Price: $70 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Refined maturity, but with plenty of vivacity. After the first whiff of sweet-scented antique oak, flavors of cherry pie, bubble gum, banana flan, honeyed vanilla, and maple syrup emerge, all tempered by rich herbs and mature oak. A formidable structure allows it to hold water ably, and brings out apple pie and blackberry tart against wood and spice, with a graceful, restrained oak influence.