Surprise, surprise! Russell’s Reserve Thirteen Year Old Bourbon has arrived, and along with it, complete buyers’ hysteria. With prices on secondary whiskey markets averaging $500 a bottle (suggested retail price is $70), it makes the ten-year Russell’s Reserve seem like a steal at $35 (even with the hefty proof difference). I’d argue it is.
We all have a favorite whiskey. For some it’s a rare pour spared for special occasions, for others it’s the bottle they reach for day after day. For many years I fell somewhere in between, but now … times have changed. While I certainly appreciate a dusty rarity or barrel-proof bruiser, they’re not something I drink on a regular basis. Hell, I can’t say I drink Wild Turkey 101 on a regular basis at this point. Sure, I keep an open handle on hand, but it doesn’t beckon me like it once did. So what do I consider my favorite now? Russell’s Reserve Ten Year Old Bourbon.
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