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Beast Masters Club Private Barrel - Wild Turkey 9 Year Bourbon "Return of the Pickle"


In August 2018, Bruce Russell visits The Beast Lair with a surprise. Wild Turkey had built a group of rickhouses about 45 minutes south of the main Lawrenceburg distillery location in Camp Nelson, Jessamine County, KY. Bruce brought us the first batch of private barrels that had aged at the Camp Nelson site. These were from Camp Nelson Warehouse A, and had been distilled in the winter of 2009.

The Camp Nelson barrels were different from the private barrels we chose out of Lawrenceburg. They showed more oak, and had a punchier, woodier flavor. They simply oozed leather and tobacco, like sitting in a chair in an old men’s club smoking a cigar in a weathered leather armchair. Behind the wood we found little hot chiles and spices, orange peels and cinnamon. Basically just that type of fierce bourbon essence that we love about Wild Turkey.

This debut Camp Nelson barrel was the perfect choice to star in the third edition of our Hot Pickle series!



#35: Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits


For our 20th private barrel, we wanted to do something really special. When we found this single cask of 30 year Argmagnac, we knew we'd done just that. Nicolas Palazzi from PM Spirits educates us on all things Armagnac and samples us on several private casks including our beautiful 30 year.


We've been hearing that Armagnac is the "next big thing" but we didn't believe it. That is, we didn't believe it until Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits poured us the most incredible 30 year single cask we've ever tasted. Armagnac is incredibly diverse becase in addition to the different distilling and aging techniques, there's a vast difference in grape varietals. Nicolas has discovered some true gems in Armagnac production. These are tiny family operations that produce only a few casks per year. The 1988 Chateau de Leberon was placed in a "black oak" cask made from local timber straight out of the small traditional column still with no water or additives. It aged beautifully for 30 years and was bottled unfilitered, at cask strength. It's totally undiluted, pure, straight from the cask spirit, and was one of the most stunning drams we've ever tasted!