21c Selects Russels Reserve

The 21c Selects program is bringing you an exclusive new way of enjoying Kentucky’s favorite spirits. Our hand-picked barrels have been bottled in limited quantities for our guests to enjoy. You can enjoy these as tasting flights in Lockbox and if you love it, you can go ahead and take a whole bottle home from our museum shop. The Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is an under rated 9 year and 10 month single barrel, cask strength straight bourbon whiskey. For those of you who like to be in the know, we’re offering in-depth tasting notes of this stellar selection.

Mash Bill: Proprietary

Color:  Medium amber with copper reflections

Nose:  Sweet with caramel apple, cherry, vanilla, loose tea leaf, hint of eucalyptus and smoked wood

Taste: Sweet and Smooth entry for 110 proof with great build of intensity to an inviting ‘Kentucky Hug’ that is not abrasive in any way. Sweet black tea, cherry, tobacco, vanilla, caramel, and baking spice

Finish: Long and pleasingly warm with lingering cinnamon and toasty wood

Wild Turkey is a very under rated distillery that has stood by its longtime Bourbon making traditions. Not much has changed in the way they make their bourbon in the last 60 years or so. Not many others can make this claim. These whiskies have always been readily available even through the very down trodden popularity of the 70’s and 80’s. In a world where exclusivity and high prices is sometimes mistaken for great quality, that Wild Turkey was one of a handful of brands most people could name before the current era of popularity and has always been reasonably priced, is often misunderstood as common and middle of the road instead of for strong tradition, great whiskey, and great business sense to persevere and read the trends 5 to 10 years out. “Flat out, this is a superb selection. ”says Chea Beckley, Area Beverage Manager for 21c,  “What stands out to me is the beautiful mouthfeel, texture, and structure to this bourbon. At 110pf, you would be hard pressed to tell until maybe the finish.”

How should I drink it? This is best tasted slowly and in a comfortable chair with your feet up.