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McBrayer B: Russell's Reserve Delight (rarebird101.com)

McBrayer B: Russell's Reserve Delight

At this point, most of us are familiar with Wild Turkey single-barrel offerings from the Tyrone and Camp Nelson campuses; they’ve been the primary source of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon since its inception in 2013. But, how many of you reading are familiar with McBrayer? Have you ever tasted bourbon aged there? Ever heard of it before today?

If you’ve been around Wild Turkey long enough, chances are you’ve sipped whiskey that was aged at McBrayer – most likely in batched expressions or possibly a Kentucky Spirit bottling. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know it, as campuses have largely been omitted from single barrel labels. Occasionally, you’ll find a “TY” or “CN” preceding a rickhouse letter, but more frequently it’s nowhere to be found. This is where third-party labels – “stickers,” as they’re more commonly called – are a benefit (provided they’re accurate, of course).

I’ve written about Wild Turkey labeling deficiencies ad nauseam, so I’ll refrain from derailing today’s review. I will, however, recommend my post, “Rickhouse Blues,” for those left questioning the origin of their favorite Kentucky Spirit or Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bottle. And if you work for Campari, please give it a read. I beg you (please and thank you).

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