Austin Nichols master distiller Jimmy Russell and his son, associate distiller Eddie Russell, have created Russell’s Reserve Rye. It's a handcrafted six-year-old, small-batch rye whiskey.
“Rye whiskey is its own animal and rye fans are a special breed," said Jimmy Russell. "Between Eddie and myself, we figured we could come up with something special.”
Rye was the most popular American whiskey until the 1960s and '70s, when other spirits began to take away some of its adherents. However, in recent years it has been making a strong comeback as I noted in the October cover story I wrote for Whisky magazine, the UK publication that is the leading spirits magazine in the world.
Russell's reserve Rye is bottled at 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume), available in a 750ml bottle at a suggested retail price of $24.99.
Also, the Austin Nichols Wild Turkey distillery has released a 15-year-old bourbon called Wild Turkey American Spirit, bottled at 100 proof (50% abv).
The company calls American Spirit "a nod to those early devotees of real 'Straight Whiskey' and to the young country that provided them with the opportunity to hone their craft."
Only 24,000 wood-stoppered bottles are available worldwide. They feature a “strip stamp” replicating the authentic bottled in bond stamps used by the U.S. government.
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