Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #550 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) SKU #1329120


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Tasting Notes

The Wild Turkey Distillery is on the short list of my absolute favorite places to visit in Kentucky. It's not only the picturesque rolling hills and beautiful views over the Kentucky River, but also the familiar faces of the Russell family who have been in charge of the plant near Tyrone for decades. Now that the 3rd generation of Russell is coming into the fold we can see a clear continuity for this special brand long into the future. Bruce Russell, son of Eddie, is at the distillery learning the ropes from Grandpa Jimmy. Bruce is as passionate, entertaining, and kindhearted as any Russell and will be a fine steward for the brand. In 2011, they opened the new distillery, gleaming and efficient, but never sacrificing key quality elements that set the Kickin' Chicken apart from the bourbon flock. That's what the Russell's really bring to the table, a stubborn refusal to compromise quality. This special whiskey was distilled at the original facility on the banks of the Kentucky. The first distillery was erected by Thomas Ripy in 1891. Old, wooden, and warn down it was one of the most interesting stops on the bourbon trail, but has since been demolished. Jimmy's not sentimental. His only concern is to make the best whiskey possible and not dwell on the past. Luckily, we're still getting great old bourbon distilled at that original site. This single cask, selected from the D warehouse and aged at least 10 years was reduced from an original strength of 111.6.

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Possibly my favorite of our Russell’s barrels, although they’re all so great, it’s tough to pick a clear standout. #550 is fruity and subtly aromatic up front, but develops more intense spice and woodsy character through the palate. This feels the richest in body, with heady honey notes and a long, soothing finish, plus just enough kick. A decadent bottle at a killer price.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Barrel #550 is easily the crowd pleaser in this recent batch of excellent Wild Turkey barrels. The nose is 100% baked Red Delicious, sweet wild honey, woodsy spice. Unctuous and mouth coating with a strong sense of brown sugar and none of the pepper we usually get on these Russell's Casks. Full bodied and full steam it sticks with you for quite a while after the glass is empty. A true treat and easily what some might term a honey barrel.


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