Well I should have waited to try Russell's Reserve before I posted my top five bourbons. It might be as high as 2 or 3. Delicious! The thing is, though, that when I first opened it up it didn't taste at all right. I thought it was my taste buds on that particular night, but it wasn't any better the next night. Just tasted out of wack. On subsequent tastings it has transformed into its delicious self. I remember that on another forum Ryan mentioned that WT benefits from some oxidation. I wonder if that was the case here or if it was just me. By the way, Elijah Craig 12 at $15 (at the store I like in NYC) is some kind of bargain, right?