2019 Store Pick. We are happy to bring you a new D&M Barrel select from the banks of the Kentucky River in Lawrenceburg: Russell's Reserve. Named after Jimmy Russell who has been colorfully called the Buddha of Bourbon and is the longest serving, active spirits Master Distiller in the world, we have long been fans of this reserve cask strength line from Wild Turkey. In between Jimmy and his son Eddie, they have a collective 103 years in the production of Bourbon, which is somewhat mind boggling to contemplate. Every barrel is a universe unto itself and the one that we have for you this year we find different versus the last one we selected in Kentucky two years ago. The 2019 edition has a nose of cinnamon hard candy, vanilla and white pepper with subtle notes of fresh apricot and soft caramel chews. The palate is rounded and creamy with orange, honey and yellow plum balanced with white pepper and cinnamon to keep from being too fruity. As it warms in the glass we pick-up notes of black pepper, earth, cedar and a fudge hit on the finish. Compared in our minds eye to the 2017 pick, 2019 is a little richer while the '17 had more rye bread, citrus peel, and floral notes. Every barrel is different, but we hope that you pick up and enjoy this new offering we have from Russell's Reserve!
Distilled: November 13, 2009. Bottled: Jume 28, 2019. Barrel #19-326 Rickhouse F, Floor 6
The Russell’s reserve tier was started as an homage to this unique father/son set of Master Distillers though it remains a continuation of how things are done at Wild Turkey. The Mash Bill remains 75% Corn,13% Rye and 12% Malted Barley. The yeast is their own strain and the barrels used are a #4 “alligator”char.
In 1954 a Kentucky All Star athlete started a job at the Wild Turkey distillery, his name: Jimmy Russell. For reasons still unfathomed to Jimmy, he was mentored by Bill Hughes in the ways of making bourbon the pre-prohibition way; from yeast selection to barrel char advice. Slowly and methodically Jimmy learned all the aspects of the business until he was named the master distiller himself in the 1960s. From that place of knowledge and mastery, Jimmy has continued to lead the way through the substantial changes of the Bourbon industry.
In 1981, Eddie Russell followed in his father’s footsteps and joined Wild Turkey at the very bottom, working initially as a relief operator, before learning all the other aspects of the business. In time he too would rise to the level of Master Distiller. Together they have lead Wild Turkey out of the simple two product, Bourbon-Rye dichotomy, to a more diverse set of offerings. Today the two Russells: father and son, have a collective 99 years of experience in the the ways of whiskey at Wild Turkey. Michael Kennel, D&M
Russell's Reserve D&M Private Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- Brand: Wild Turkey
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 20
- SKU #: 8022