Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#17-314" (Rickhouse B, 6th Floor) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml) SKU #1383226

Price: $64.99

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Tasting Notes

The legacy and history of the Wild Turkey brand is one of the most interesting in Kentucky. But what sets the whiskies apart from all the rest is a commitment to quality that few in the industry can match. This commitment is the result of one family's influence on the brand, the namesake for this special bottle. They were there when an marketing exec at Austin Nichols distribution coined the name Wild Turkey bourbon during a hunting trip in 1940. They were there when Austin Nichols ultimately acquired the old distillery (built in 1891) to give the Wild Turkey brand a home. They were there for multiple changes in ownership as the industry consolidated. They insisted on proper sour mashing, lower distillation and entry proof, on natural aging in traditional rickhouses. The Russell's have their way of making bourbon and that's why this whisky is so good. We happen to think their way is better (and we know it's a lot more expensive). It also represents the final stocks from the place that made the Russell's what they are today. The old plant was torn down in 2010 and soon we will not be able to offer any products distilled there. While the new plant continues to produce top tier bourbon, but there's no doubt that this piece of history is something to be cherished. Hopefully people realize how cherished these bourbons should be while they enjoy them like Jimmy intended. This cask was distilled on Nov 20th of '08 and aged on the 6th floor of Rickhouse B. Bottled in late 2017.

Staff Reviews

  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Despite being at cask strength I found this expression to be quite approachable on the nose, giving off notes of spiced caramel apples, apricots, sweet leather and pencil shavings- a great bottle to enjoy by the mantle during the holiday season. On the palate, a red berry medley opened while black cherry and sarsaparilla showed up soon after. Lingering oak notes were the last to the party yet didn’t seem to stick around for very long.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    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. #314 is gentle soft, elegant, and deep, but then ends incredibly spicy with tons of cinnamon, burnt orange, and a textured mouthfeel. This is one for those that like the powerful side of things, although with a touch of water there's depth to spare behind that brawn.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    This barrel tastes just like Christmas to me. A constant stream of cinnamon, nutmeg, baked bread, pie crusts, and some savory earthy herbs going on in the kitchen. It's raging hot and sweet spice and leaves no questions as to how WT got the nickname Kickin' Chicken. If you had to pin me down for a favorite Russell's barrel in our current stock, it's this one. It's the gift this year for every bourbon loving family member I have.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    Russel’s Barrel 17-314 was a stand out for me. I am spitting hairs because they are all exceptionally distinct, but 314 had me at the nose: intoxicating wood spice, subtle cinnamon, and charred vanilla bean. The front palate was soft, but had a great complexity, with a pop of caramel, vanilla and toffee. Mid palate opens with a burst of red hot candies, baking spice, and cloves. The finish has a great balance with honey and cinnamon notes that warm you for ages. It’s hot and high in alcohol, but in the best possible way! This will be a great go to on those long winter nights!
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Part of what's so incredible about tasting all the Russell's single barrels side by side is that you find incredible diversity among them why easily identifying a core DNA that makes them unmistakably Wild Turkey. That's of course the result of the incredible care and detail that the distillery takes with each barrel and a testament to the complexity of this special product. There's also something cool about tasting them all at the same proof, which is only a couple of degrees off the full cask strength (not the only reason you should buy one of each of these excellent casks). This awesome whiskey was distilled just 5 days after 17-092 and stored in the same warehouse, but couldn't be more different. This one is pure cinnamon spice - a real Christmas bomb! The sweet candy corn and bright woodsy quality balanced out the hot cinnamon candy on the nose, but it comes right back on the palate. If you grew up loving Red Hots this is the perfect whisky for you. A total fireball and the hottest spiciest Russell's we have right now.


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