Russell’s Reserve recently announced an all-new, annual limited-edition premium collection, Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse, and its debut release, Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson C. The first bottling hits retail in early October.
The new Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse collection, according to those behind it, serves as “a distinct expression of the location (or ‘rickhouse’) where the liquid is aged and the ‘terroir’ of that aging environment,” with each offering featuring “rare liquid from a different, individual rickhouse – past and present – at the Wild Turkey Distillery.”
For Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson C it “features liquid from only 72 barrels from the now dismantled, seven-story rickhouse, Camp Nelson C. Built in 1946 and decommissioned in 2021, Camp Nelson C became a treasured rickhouse of Wild Turkey Distilling Co. Situated on top of a hill and next to the Kentucky River, the warehouse was made from timber and clad with tin to naturally control internal temperatures, with space for air to circulate and allow the barrels to breathe during the aging process.”
Russell’s Reserve Master Distiller Eddie Russell selected the barrels for this special release “from the center-cut, also considered the sweet spot, on floors three and four of the warehouse.”
“Tasting through our barrel stock as our whiskies age and determining which are right for each release is one of my favorite parts of the job,” said Russell, Master Distiller at the Wild Turkey distillery, in a prepared statement. “When I tasted this liquid from Camp Nelson C, I knew it deserved its own place in Russell’s history.”
Joining Russell in deciding the taste profile for this release were his father, Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and Eddie’s son, Bruce Russell.
“It’s a little different from what folks have come to expect from our whiskies, and even though we all personally enjoy different flavor profiles, Dad, myself and my son, Bruce all agreed instantly – this is a once in a blue moon kind of whiskey and deserving of being the first release in this special series. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.”
Aged for over 10 years, this limited release of non-chill filtered bourbon was bottled at 112.4 barrel proof and priced at around $250 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes are below.
- Aroma: Sweet vanilla, caramel and cream that transition to fresh and dried fruit and then notes of brown sugar, oak and char.
- Taste: Thick, rich and sweet introduction with notes of toffee, coconut and vanilla that transition to notes of apple, dried fruit, toasted pecan, chocolate and baking spices.
- Finish: Long finish with silky and sweet mouth coating that transitions to a pleasant balance of oak, baking spices and rich sweetness
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