Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#428" (Rickhouse M, 4th 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 wonderful specimen was distilled on October 11th 2007 and aged on the 4th Floor or Rickhouse M. It was bottled in late 2016.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2018 | Send Email
The second of four barrels to entice me into nosing the glass a bit longer than I normally would, this barrel has rich aromatics of candied orange peel and chocolate with black cherry and (mostly) the torched sugar of crème brulee. The texture of this bourbon added another dimension to the flavor profile, and once again, I was reminded of a childhood “drink,” the Roy Rogers. Red cherries, cola, and black plum elicited memories of going out to dinner with my parents and feeling rebellious for ordering a (n.a.) drink named after someone. The finish on this one was loooooong with orchard fruits (pears/nectarines/apples) rooting for me to go back in for another taste.

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. #428 leads with massively powerful aromatics of that have hints of baking chocolate and barrel char, but the palate shows mellow fruit (grilled pineapple/stonefruit) before picking up again to a spice-lined finish. It is remarkably complex and changing and is for those who want to take their time with it.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
Noticeably sweet and fruity in comparison to the other Russell's barrels in stock. A neat glass of this feels like you've already mixed a Manhattan. That brandied cherry note is balanced by a complex dance of coffee and chocolate dance. It's a perfect dessert bourbon. If you can't decide between pulling a fresh shot of espresso, a piece of cake, or a drink, pour one of these and feel like you're enjoying all three. An excellent nightcap.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
I've stated on multiple occasions my belief that the Russell's Single barrels represent some of the most exciting and underappreciated products on our shelves. Not only is Wild Turkey committed to making a higher quality product, these bourbons are distilled at a historic distillery that was demolished nearly 10 years ago. Since these whiskies are about 10 years old, we're unlikely to ever see single barrels from that special distillery again. These are truly the swan song of that special place, but no one seems to even be talking about it. A modern day Stitzel-Weller in my book - I'm glad we bought everything we could when we had the chance. Barrel 428 was selected way back in 2016 when Driscoll and I had the extreme pleasure of opening barrels in Rickhouse K with Jimmy Russell himself. In some insane twist of fate this barrel and #320 were lost in the distributors warehouse for more than two years before popping up with our subsequent batch of casks. 428 has a big nose of candied cherries, fresh tanned hide, dusty dried herbs and sweet tea. The palate is big bold and spicy! The old kickin' chicken gets right at it, with a ton of white pepper, dried earthy oak, roasted vanilla bean and hints of candied cinnamon(redhots). The finish sweets up a bit with some softer maple character balancing the intensity of the palate. A big bold biter for people who like to fight a bit with their bourbon.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55