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Russell's Reserve Single Barrel, 52%

Price: $60 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

This non-chill filtered rye is bold and ready for a spice-hungry palate. At first the aroma gently introduces herbs, pepper spice, cinnamon, and vanilla; preparing for a hopeful taste of the same. Instead, there's a surprise: toasted rye bread at the beginning followed by cinnamon and caramel, with a medium-length finish.