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Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey

The master distillers

In fact, our master distillers have stayed true to a tradition from before Prohibition. Furthermore, The Master Distillers of our very own Jimmy Russell is the world’s longest-tenured active master distiller. In 2015 his son, Eddie Russell won the title of master distiller. In his own right after 35 years with Wild Turkey. Dubbed the “Buddha of Bourbon” and “The Master Distiller’s Master Distiller” by his industry peers, James C. “Jimmy” Russell knows Bourbon like he knows breathing.

For an astounding 60 years, Russell spent his life making whiskey at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Today, is the longest-tenured, active spirits Master Distiller in the world. Growing up five miles from the distillery, he followed his father, who taught him the traditions and techniques of Bourbon craftsmanship. From his first position at the distillery sweeping floors, he reached the apex of his career as Master Distiller in the 1960’s learning how to make Bourbon the right way – from the inside out and everything in between.

No job too small, no task too tedious. Let’s get one thing straight – all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Bourbon tastes stronger and sweeter than other whiskeys. That’s because it’s distilled from a key ingredient: corn. Bourbon is America’s native spirit, and 95% of it comes from Kentucky. To call your bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey it must be aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least 2 years and be made in Kentucky.