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I find this release to be very intriguing. As a bourbon enthusiast I love seeing a brand like Wild Turkey rolling out more products that are catered to the enthusiast, but I also like seeing releases that mean something. This marks the last year of use for Camp Nelson Warehouse C, and I think it’s a great way to commemorate a piece of brand (and local) history as the first release in a brand new series.
This small batch of bourbon was created from 72 barrels that were specifically selected from the center cut of the third and fourth floors of the historic rickhouse. I wouldn’t go so far as to compare this (or any) Wild Turkey product to Blanton’s, but there is certainly an interesting crossover with the warehouse location, as Blanton’s Bourbon was originally selected from the center cut of the fourth floor of their historic Warehouse H, but I digress.
In the video above we discuss the press release and announcement of this new bottling in the Russell’s Reserve lineup. Over on RareBird101.com author David Jennings shares a boatload of information on not only this release, but on Camp Nelson C and the history behind it with his sneak peek at this expression.
David goes on to say:
“…I should stress that Wild Turkey couldn’t have selected a more meaningful location for Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse’s inaugural batch. Beyond the sheer excellence of the bourbon itself, it has come to my attention that Camp Nelson C has been decommissioned. If ever there was a time to bottle the soul of a rickhouse, it’s now.”
David Jennings, RareBird101.com
I think the way David has worded “bottle the soul of rickhouse” is great. Making a batched product from hand-selected bottles that the master distiller believes showcase the character of that location is certainly a great way to bottle the soul of a rickhouse, if such a thing exists.
One thing many folks are going to be curious about with this release is the price. Campari’s press release indicates a $250 SRP for Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse. While I do not use price, cost, or value as a grading metric in my reviews, it certainly impacts my ability to find bottles, as it does for everyone else. I find this pricing to be a bit odd, seeing as it’s nearly three times the price of Russell’s Reserve 13 (which is absolutely delicious) while Single Rickhouse is not an age-stated product.
Needless to say, this is certainly the most expensive bottle of bourbon I’ve seen from the Wild Turkey Distillery and, while I feel it will have a very hard time living up to the price tag, I’m happy to share my tasting notes on this release and allow you to be your own judge of value.