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Bottled at 90 proof, Russell's Reserve 6yr Rye has a rich, tawny color with notes of almond and allspice. Its crisp, lively taste works in a smooth, complex palate, destined to impress whiskey aficionados with the possibility of an expertly crafted aged rye whiskey. It is a fitting sequel to this father and son's first collaboration.
A moderately inexpensive, relatively young, rye whiskey from a mainstream American mass market distiller... yawn... right? Wrong. Prepare to be impressed by the smoothest, creamiest, yet most floral, sweet, and interesting rye you've ever tried.
A lovely rich golden amber in the glass. The nose, after extended air (10-20 minutes) is delicate yet rich with honeysuckle, vanilla, lanolin, mineral and some sweetness with a vegetal components - alfalfa treacle? It's a light and lovely smell that is soothing and yet appetizing.
Entry is off-dry (slightly sweet) with dry cereal and a peppery quality that almost feels like the effervescence of soda. Midpapalate expansion is sweet with rich cereal sugars, oak vanilla floral essences, some sherry toffee notes, and a big dose of cream. The creaminess carries into the long and elegant finish with more peppery notes balanced by that sweet floral cream, fading into light wood tannins.
Lithe, fruity, floral, sweet and kissed with clean oak; Russels 6 takes rye into a sweeter, lighter, more feminine place than I usually experience rye. I like it... Wait, I LOVE it. A quiet and unassuming knock out.
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