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Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#320" (Rickhouse K, 5th Floor) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)

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The stupendous Russell's Reserve Single barrels are without a doubt the most underrated treasure on our shelves. The represent the history of old school bourbon production and the incredible history of the Wild Turkey brand and their incredible stewards over the decades, the Russell family. But what most people don't realize (mostly because Wild Turkey doesn't really want to talk about it) are that these bourbons are from a distillery that was torn down nearly 10 years ago. They represent some of the last stocks of the old wooden plant that was first built by Thomas Ripy in 1891. Old Ripy, Old Hickory or The Boulevard Distillery was that special place where Jimmy Russell worked when Wild Turkey/Austin Nichols bought the distillery 1971. Nothing about the old distillery itself made for better bourbon, but there's no doubt that the bourbon made there was some of the very best. The people and the committment to quality are what set it apart. These casks represent the end of an era, one that no one seems to know or realize is even gone. Also the taste absolutely spectacular! This stellar cask was selected by us WAY BACK in August of 2016. We were incredibly lucky to have had Mr. Jimmy Russell himself out to the warehouse with us. We hadn't realized, but two of those barrels got lost in the suppliers warehouse for nearly TWO years. This incredible whisky was distilled on January 24th 2007 and aged in on the 5th floor of warehouse K. It was bottled in late 2016.


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Staff Image By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2018 | Send Email
Tasting through these cask selections was like running down a line of my good friends, all holding up their hands for a high five; each one eliciting a slightly different sensation but the fun and excitement only building with the next. No two were the same yet they shared similarities that were undeniable and extraordinary. The aromas coming from the glass seemed to push their way past the fumes of this cask strength whiskey. Sweet oaky notes hurried out of the glass, followed closely by leather and straw, making me feel like I should be in an old, dusty bar in the days of the Wild West. Fruitier notes then started to creep up, giving off a perfectly ripe yellow peach, which then transformed into candy corn and chocolate powder. My first sip materialized me on a old oak porch, somewhere in the south of the U.S. looking out onto a serene countryside as the sun set. Flavors of stone fruits, raspberry slushy and toasted brown sugar distinctly meandered across the palate, slowly fading into fruit punch with apple slices and fruit chews. If you’re looking for a nice, sipping bourbon to relax with on your rocking chair at dusk, look no further. Actually, I take that back- if you want a damn good bourbon anywhere, anytime, pick this up.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
Our Russell's single barrel exclusives have been the best Bourbons I've tasted at K&L in the past three years. They also have an indelible impact on those I've shared it with. They're that good, and each barrel seems to be good for a different reason. Finding yours is half the fun. #320 leads spicy but mellows out to deep caramels, deep red fruit, and rebounding cinnamon spice. The texture is terrific and it finishes extremely long with hints of vanilla echoing at the end. This is one that will find lots of friends and has a bit of everything.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
Exotic and beguiling. Cask #320 is packed with brewers spices, varnish, fresh herbs, and caramel galore. With a huge presence on the palate this barrel will stand up in the most complex cocktails or any additions of water or ice. It's insanely enjoyable neat and doesn't possess a hard edge. Just big, rich, and round bourbon to delight. If you want a taste of the past, this is the bottle. It'll remind you that they just don't make 'em like they used to.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
I'm going to keep saying this over and over, but Russell's Single barrels might be the most important whiskies on the market today. The people who make it don't like to talk about the fact that these are the last stocks from the special Old Ripy distillery before it was torn down because they built a beautiful shiny new distillery in its place, but that does not mean we should not appreciate the quality of what once existed and lament the lose of something historical and special. I'm sure the new distillery will continue to offer great single barrels, but they will never be the same as these special casks. Barrel #320 was one of the two lost in the warehouse for nearly 2 years after being selected on site with the illustrious Jimmy Russell back in 2016. A huge contrast to the bold peppery 428, this barrel exhibits an absolutely intoxicating aroma of exotic wood, thuja, earthy forest floor, red fruit preserves, caramelized sugar, and old leather. The ultra savory nose is totally contrasted by one of the softest entries of any WT I've ever seen. No kick no bite just ultra rich texture and sweet wood and toffee on the front palate. As it builds in the mouth we start to pick up more spice and what ultimately seemed like it was going to be a total sugar bomb dries right up. This one is a real dream and has that old school bourbon quality that's so hard to find these days.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 55