Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#18-439" (Rickhouse CN A, Floor 4) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)

SKU #1439018

This delicious cask of Russell's Reserve is another stunning example of why the Wild Turkey distillery is simply the most underrated distillery in Kentucky. Distilled on December 21st of 2009 at the now-demolished wooden distillery that sat below the current facility. This cask spent nine long years on the fourth floor of Wild Turkey's Camp Nelson Warehouse A. These warehouses, about an hour's drive south from the distillery in Tyrone, are well known for putting out some of the distillery's best casks over the last couple of years. These warehouses were acquired sometime in the last few decades as Wild Turkey's production has expanded. Camp Nelson tends to have a slightly different character than the Tyrone warehouses, but not nearly as different as the stone warehouses in Frankfurt produced. This excellent cask, one of two distilled and aged identically in this year's batch, each has an extremely distinct character. Both have a little bit more honey and less spice compared with the Tyrone stocks. Interestingly, this cask was meant to be released in 2018, but someone reneged on the commitment, so it's spent the last year in Tyrone. We took the opportunity to snatch this top notch barrel. This is one of the most obvious and open Russell's we've ever bottled. The style here is opulent. Expect big sweet and savory wood tones, vanilla bean, pure raw honey and a velvety texture. A perfect example of the heights this special distillery can achieve.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2019 | Send Email
I think people might finally be catching on to these Russell's. We've struggled previously to get people excited about them, but for the first time our customers are getting out a head of these and picking them off with little to no suggestion on our part. The three barrels we selected this year are truly some of finest yet and represent probably some of the best bourbon we'll sell all year, including the old and rare offerings. This awesome cask spent a year aging at the Tyrone warehouses compared to it's sister 19-0345 which was distilled on the same day and aged on the same floor at Camp Nelson. The nose is a hedonists delight. Sweet muscovado sugar, rich dark cocoa, fine tobacco leaf, expensive spices. On the palate moving toward the baked apple by and tingly cinnamon heat without going full on red hots. This is the real stuff right here. The chewy rich texture is what gets me most with this one, borderline syrupy. An absolute bomb by any measure.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2019 | Send Email
Russell's is one of the best bourbons you probably don't purchase! That my friend is a shame. Just from the first whiff of the Single Barrel 18 439, it pop's with the aroma of blood orange, cinnamon and caramel, to name a few good sniffs. The taste is warm, inviting and coats your mouth with fresh mint, tobacco and butterscotch! This is the perfect cigar bourbon. Sitting outside by a crackling fire, just taken in the slowing down time, finally enjoying the moment in this break neck pace that we all live in. That is what a Great Bourbon does.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
Another season sees another round of exceptional barrels from the wealth of Wild Turkey's reserve stocks. In this case, my first impressions conjured cornflower, cherry and tobacco - an altogether pleasant, if straightforward nose. The depths therein, however, are anything but simple. Nutmeg, stewed apple, baking chocolate and a hefty dose of cinnamon take center stage backed up by dark sugar and prominent oak. There's a lot going on here, and I was glad to revisit it several times throughout the day. This is definitely not one to sleep on.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
Out of all of our Russel's Reserve barrel picks this one stood out to me as the most baking spice driven. The aroma is incredibly warm & inviting with notes of cinnamon, orange peels, fennel fronds, with a touch of anise. I felt like the bourbon was enveloping my palate like it was cozying up in a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold night. Letting the those warm baking spices really come through and giving you the impression of a perfect Autumn night.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
I’ve enjoyed all our Russell’s Reserves private barrel picks but this one in particular was such a fun bourbon to pour into a glass; so many interesting things going on and one of the more, “tropical” bourbons I’ve come across. On the nose I got cola and sarsaparilla, fennel seed, and then a strong whiff of coconut, vanilla, cherry, and chocolate came through unexpectedly. This is a nose you could contemplate for quite a while as things tended to move around and change. The palate expressed a lot of the cherry that was evident on the nose but added flavors of Hawaiian fruit punch, oak spice, candy coated fennel seed and demerara sugar. The finish was long and left me with a numbness in the center of my tongue, reminding me of how I’ll sometimes feel coming out of the dentist’s office. Along with the fun tactile ride, cherry notes and baking spices left their footprint on the finish.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2019 | Send Email
In a few words this barrel is expressive, direct and classic. The nose has vanilla, spice, and caramel aromas. In the mouth it is concentrated, and has a lot of depth and complexity in addition to some honey flavors.With a splash of water, vanilla notes come out in the nose. In the mouth, it is a little lighter bodied and comes across as slightly sweeter, but is still rich, juicy, complex, and classic.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2019 | Send Email
The nose on this guy immediately comes across to me as sticky toffee pudding. The butterscotch, date, and vanilla characters and front and center and it feels warming and immediately comforting. The spice notes carry over to the palate, and are punchy and bold in the flavors. This would make for the ultimate after dinner Bourbon heading into the cooler weather months as the flavors just scream the holidays to me.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 55