Wild Turkey, a brand under the umbrella of Campari Group, has unveiled a remarkable new addition to their whiskey portfolio: Wild Turkey Generations. This exceptional whiskey is not just a spirit; it's a celebration of three generations of the Russell family's dedication and expertise in the art of Bourbon making.
The Russell family's legacy in the world of whiskey began in 1954 when Jimmy Russell, the longest-tenured active master distiller in the global spirits industry, joined the Wild Turkey Distillery. Over the years, he carved his name into the annals of American whiskey history and was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2001. A decade later, in 2010, his son Eddie Russell, who had learned the craft from his father, earned the same prestigious honor.
Now, in a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, the Russell family presents Wild Turkey Generations, a collaboration that unites three generations under the shared love of whiskey. This release is especially significant for Bruce Russell, who was recently appointed associate blender and is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. It's his first opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on the brand's storied history.
Wild Turkey Generations is a masterful blend of four hand-selected whiskeys that each represent the unique palate and preferences of the Russell trio. Bruce Russell's selection includes a robust 12-year-old Bourbon, offering a bold and distinctive character. Eddie Russell, known for his affinity for the softer, honeyed, and vanilla-rich flavors typically associated with older Bourbons, chose both a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old whiskey for the blend. Jimmy Russell's contribution to this remarkable blend is a 9-year-old Bourbon that carries the classic Wild Turkey profile.
This exquisite whiskey is bottled at an impressive 120.8 proof (60.4% alcohol by volume), ensuring a bold and robust taste experience. Wild Turkey Generations tantalizes the palate with an array of flavors. Sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and dark cherry combine harmoniously with warm hints of pepper and the seasoned oak. Aromas of oak and vanilla greet the senses, followed by floral and spice notes enriched with hints of baked apple, toffee, and cloves. The journey concludes with a finish redolent of dark fruit and baking spices, along with notes of sweet toffee and oak.
This limited edition whiskey comes in an elegantly designed bottle bearing the signatures of all three Russell family members, a testament to their commitment and artistry. Bruce Russell summed up their collective endeavor, saying, "With Generations, we set out to make a whiskey that was truly a celebration of family and bold spirit. We love this whiskey and are so proud of the story it tells."
Wild Turkey Generations is a testament to the Russell family's unparalleled dedication and expertise, a fitting tribute to their enduring legacy. With an approximate retail price of $450, only 5,000 bottles of this exceptional whiskey will be available at select retailers in the United States. For those abroad, the expression will soon be accessible in Korea, Japan, and Australia, offering a chance to savor the legacy and craftsmanship of the Russell family. As Eddie Russell aptly puts it, "Seeing his name etched into the bottle next to ours will forever bring me back to the memories we shared when creating this rare release."
About Wild Turkey Distillery
Wild Turkey Distillery is an iconic American distillery with a long and storied history in the production of bourbon whiskey. Located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, it has been operating for over a century, and it is well-known for its commitment to traditional bourbon-making methods and its distinct flavor profile.
The distillery's name, "Wild Turkey," is synonymous with high-quality bourbon and is often recognized by its memorable turkey logo. The brand is renowned for producing Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, typically aged for a minimum of five years, and for maintaining a high rye content in its mash bill. This high rye component contributes to the whiskey's signature spiciness and robust character.
Wild Turkey offers a range of bourbon expressions, including their flagship Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and Russell's Reserve. The latter is named after the legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell, who continue the tradition of crafting exceptional whiskey at the distillery. Each expression showcases the brand's dedication to quality and tradition.
Visitors to the Wild Turkey Distillery can experience the brand's rich heritage and production methods through guided tours and tastings. The distillery tour allows guests to explore the whiskey-making process, from grain to bottle, and learn about the family's commitment to producing high-quality bourbon.
Wild Turkey's unwavering commitment to preserving bourbon traditions, its iconic branding, and its well-regarded portfolio of bourbon offerings have solidified its place as a respected and beloved name in the world of American whiskey. It continues to be celebrated by bourbon enthusiasts and collectors alike for its timeless craftsmanship and rich flavors.