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Friday, June 3, 2022

OHLQ Announces Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Release & Autograph Signings

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a collection of Russell's Reserve Single Barrel bottles starting on June 11th at more than 50 OHLQ locations across the State. Additionally, the state is having several bottle signings where you can join Bruce Russell, son and grandson of Master Distillers Eddie and Jimmy Russell at OHLQ locations across the state.

For this release, the State has 10 barrels worth of product. Each bottle is $59.99 and carries the following tasting notes:

Nose: Rich cinnamon, oak
Taste: Vanilla, honey
Finish: Deep and rich

If you want to track down a bottle, try the OHLQ product locator here.

Additionally, OHLQ has announced the following bottle signings with Bruce Russell:
  • Toledo - June 7, 2022, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
    Joseph's Beverage Center, Toledo

  • Cleveland - June 7, 2022, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
    Chagrin Valley Beverage, Warrensville Heights

  • Columbus - June 8, 2022, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
    Giant Eagle, Upper Arlington

  • Dayton - June 9, 2022, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Arrow Wine & Spirits, Dayton

  • Cincinnati - June 10, 2022, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
    O'Bryan's Wine & Spirits, Loveland
My Take

I'll start with the bourbon... The Russell's Single Barrel is the first and only OHLQ release I've ever tried for. This was long before people started camping out for the sole purpose of reselling. It's been a cool bottle to have, especially with the unique wood medallions that came with it. With Father's Day coming up, this is a perfect gift to get Dad. 

As for the bottle signing... I'm completely confused. It would be like having Bob Feller's grandson sign baseballs. Also, I'm not sure there is a market for signed bottles. Does having a master distiller make the bottle more valuable? More collectable? This isn't a super-rare release. There are single barrel bottles available online for less than $60. The bottles are a yes, the autograph is a hard no.

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: OHLQ

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