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  1. #21
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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski View Post
    Tried the new-label version last night. Can't say it tastes appreciably different from the "old" 90 version. But then again, my taste memory isn't up to that of others here.

    Old or new, this is still a very fine whiskey in its own right. I would still prefer the WTRR101 expression, but the current offering stands well on its own.
    John, my sentiments exactly. Nuff' said. Joe
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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    John, my sentiments exactly. Nuff' said. Joe
    Pretty much captures my thoughts as well.
    Craig

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by B3Nut View Post
    Picked up a bottle at Woodmans, shelf price is $19.99. The WTRR101 is a superior bourbon to be sure, but the RR90 seems to be an enjoyable drink and is a fine value at the price it sells for here.
    I'm curious . . . if RR90 sells for $20 what does regular WT101 sell for . . . the RR90 is $30 here and the regular WT101 is $21!
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by funknik View Post
    I'm curious . . . if RR90 sells for $20 what does regular WT101 sell for . . . the RR90 is $30 here and the regular WT101 is $21!
    WT101 sells for $23 at the same shop (Woodmans.) Wierd, I know...
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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    After perusing many, many, many liquor stores, the WT101 varies between $16 and $23 a bottle and the WTRR90 goes $20 to $27. I saw something recently that the retail price of WTRR is $25 which jives with what I've seen as it's usually $25.
    I had this a few months ago on St. Patricks day when I was halfway through a bottle of Old Fitz bib so my memory may not be that clear but I recall I was impressed by it at the time...very smooth and flavorful. I picked up a bottle but haven't opened mine yet.
    "Brownest of the brown liquors..so tempting. What's that? You want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial!" L. Hutz

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    I am new to bourbon having just been introduced to it in the form of a private label this past Christmas. Then in February I met Tom Bulleit at Fuzzy's Liquor Store in Sun Prairie. He autographed a bottle for me and it quickly became my favorite-until I tried Russell's Reserve. RR90 is a bit sweeter than Bulleit's but I love the explosion of almond and vanilla on the palate and the heavy, buttery complexion. Bulleit's is still an excellent whiskey and I'd put it right behind RR90 in the $20 per bottle price range with Eagle Rare in third. But then there are many others I have yet to try.

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    Just want to say that it's great to be revisiting previous BOTMs.

    Impressions and bourbon expressions change over time. And newer members get to add their opinions as well.

    Keep it up!
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    funny, in DE it sells for $34.99...and the RR RYE is around $30...

    then again, the regular rye is around $25...but in PA, usually $18...
    HUP!

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    I have been thoroughly enjoying the old label RR 90, big fan ... buying up multiple bottles for the bunker whenever I see it.

    So yes, I was excited when I found a single new label bottle.

    However, I did not care at all for the whiskey in the new label bottle. There is no way that it is the same whiskey that I have been drinking. It has a over predominate perfume taste that I can't get past. Had to choke down the glass. Hoping sometime open will mellow it out.

    too bad.
    -Kevin

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    Bourbon always did make me feel like a Giant.

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    Re: BOTM 06/09: (WT) Russell's Reserve

    I haven't tried too many WT products but the RR101 is one of my favourite bourbons. Here it retails for about $75 and it seems to be getting harder to find. I've managed to bunker a couple as they are well worth it IMO.

    It is no secret that I love that elixir of the gods, bourbon.

 

 

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