The small batch whiskey pays tribute to both the man and his convictions about how to make the finest bourbon. Russell's Reserve is handcrafted from a mash bill containing at least 51% corn, along with rye, malted barley and limestone-purified spring water. The grain is slowly fermented in two-story high Cypress wood vats and distilled to relatively low proof, both practices long abandoned by other distillers as too costly or time-intensive. The Kentucky straight bourbon is aged in new, deep-charred, white oak barrels for 10 years and bottled in limited quantity at 90 proof. Russell's Reserve is an Olympic class bourbon with a deep amber color and a velvety medium-weight body. The whiskey has an engaging and generous bouquet of vanilla, caramel and toasted oak. Its soft, warm entry expands rapidly filling the mouth with a lavish array of creamy rich flavors. It's a tantalizing offering of vanilla, toffee, orange zest and a whiff of smoky char. Thankfully the flavors linger on the palate for a remarkably long time. Russell's Reserve Bourbon is a class act from start to savory finish.