Following the end of the American Civil War, the Ripy Brothers returned to their native state of Kentucky and together, opened a distillery on the slopes of a hill in Lawrenceburg. The distillery operated continuously for nearly fifty years until the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States, was ratified. Following the end of Prohibition, the Ripy Brothers Distillery was reopened and a distillery executive named Thomas McCarthy took samples of maturing whiskey from the distillery on a turkey hunt with a group of friends. The next year, his friends asked him to bring “some of that wild turkey whiskey” on their next hunt, giving birth to the distillery’s new name. Today, Wild Turkey Distillery is stewarded by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell (together, the pair have over 90 years of experience producing bourbon).
Dark amber colour, indicative of the age of the blend. Rich deep aromatic nose. Assertive with hints of light oranges, mint, and tones of sweet tobacco reminiscent of grandfather’s pipe-bowl. Complex, full bodied palate, long, warm and nutty, lingering in the mouth with hints of hot peppers and well-toasted whole wheat bread. Soft despite the power of the alcohol. This is an exceptional bourbon and certainly one to be savoured.