Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Last Night's Tipple
Another pour of the old-style Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Bourbon last night. You will recall that in its original configuration, Russell's Reserve, conceived as a tribute for Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey, was 101 proof in an ugly, painted bottle. It's currently bottled at 90 proof and in a much more attractive bottle, but lots of people don't like the reduced proof and are nostalgic for the original. Well, I lucked into the original a few weeks ago. I don't know if it's the increased proof or the Austin Nichols people selecting a different flavor profile, but the 101 proof version is certainly racier and, well, wilder than the 90 proof version. It's not my favorite Bourbon, but it is very good.