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Review: Russell's Reserve "Da Group"


Russell's Reserve Single Barrel - Da Group - 55%


A private barrel bottling of Russell's Reserve Single Barrel for a local Chicago group - dropped in January 2021. Couldn't find much in the way of specs on the selection, but a portion of the bottle proceeds went to Marine Toys for Tots for the holiday season. All in all, I've been a fan of most Russell's single barrels that I've tried. It's been too long since I poured one.

 

Notes: Smarties and tart candied fruits - citrus. Leather. Vanilla. Wet wood. I could nose this all night. Rich and syrupy on the palate - dense. Initially, flavors are a little too concentrated - canned peaches, vanilla. Baking spice and damp wood clean up the backend. The canned fruit notes kick back in for a long, low heat finish.


Score: 8 (Stash One) Total crusher. Drinks well under its proof. Great summer/fall profile with the canned peaches and baking spice. I regret not getting a bottle. It would've been long gone by now anyway.


 

Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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