Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#17-089" K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)

SKU #1329118

Wild Turkey does things a bit different than most of the other industrial distillers in Kentucky. They're committed to certain quality standards that other distillers have deemed inefficient to continue in the modern whiskey era. Even with the newly constructed distillery, where the Russells (Jimmy, Eddie, and Bruce) produce the most efficient and consistent whiskey they possibly can, they refuse to give up certain practices that they believe to be crucial to the character and quality of the special Wild Turkey legacy. That's why they put their name right on the bottle - this is the very best whiskey that nearly 100 combined years of whiskey making experience can deliver. But how exactly? First, they insist on a proper souring step, where lactobacillus bacteria is harnessed to adjust the pH of the original mash. Next, they insist on drawing the spirit of the still at lower proof to retain the inherent flavor of the grain, providing texture and depth to the spirit. Finally, they fill their casks at lower proof than the rest, usually 110 proof, providing the perfect environment for the whiskey to mature. That's why we ALWAYS find exceptional casks at Wild Turkey; they simply make some of finest whiskey available. No excuses, no gimmicks, just old fashion sour mash Bourbon at its very best. This spectacular cask is the driest and most herbal of our current single barrel offerings. It was aged in warehouse B on the fifth floor and drawn from the cask at 110.7.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2017 | Send Email
This is a beautiful cask of Russell's Reserve. It is on the elegant side with a pronounced and refined nose. In the mouth there are the round and delicious bourbon brown sugar notes that one expects, but it is refined with layers of complexity. Not heavy but packed full of flavor.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2017 | Send Email
What a cool experience in the glass #089 is! Concentrated herbal nose gives way to softer caramel and brown sugar on the palate, with an underlying woodsy character and satisfying peppery finish. While this doesn’t need much water to develop, it just gets more complex as the ice melts, if that’s your preference. I’m happy to have so many bottles of this gem on hand here in Hollywood.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2017 | Send Email
Barrel 89 is easily the funkiest and most herbaceous of this new batch of wonderful Russell's Reserve single Barrels. While it doesn't enter the full on barnyard funk that sometimes exists in these barrels, it definitely has a bigger spice than the others. Big notes of varnish and antique wood, savory herbs, subtle notes of hay and fresh roasted coffee. Melted brown sugar round out those drier flavors on the nose. The palate continues the orchestra of herbaceous dark flavors. A bit of sweet maple notes on the mid palate keep it from being totally overpowering, but the pepper and spice build again on the finish. For those who like the big bold dry rye driven style WT this is definitely the move.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55