The Russell family of the Wild Turkey Distilling Company has unveiled something truly extraordinary – the Wild Turkey Generations, a collaboration that spans three generations of the iconic Russell whiskey makers. This ultra-premium release is not just a whiskey; it’s a testament to over a century of bourbon-making expertise and a celebration of family, bold spirit, and unwavering standards.
The story begins with Jimmy Russell, the longest-tenured, active Master Distiller in the global spirits industry. His journey at the Wild Turkey distillery started in 1954, setting the stage for a family tradition that would shape the Kentucky bourbon landscape. Jimmy passed on the craft to his son Eddie, who quickly rose through the ranks and joined his father in the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Now, the tradition continues with the third generation as Eddie’s son, Bruce, takes on the role of Associate Blender, bringing a fresh perspective to the family legacy.
Wild Turkey Generations is a carefully curated masterpiece that reflects the distinct palates and preferences of each Russell generation. Jimmy, Eddie, and Bruce each selected bourbons with unique characteristics, ranging from bold and rich to soft and honeyed. The resulting blend, bottled at barrel proof and non-chill filtered, is a richly layered and complex whiskey that captures the essence of the Russell family.
For Bruce Russell, the Associate Blender, Generations represents more than just a whiskey; it’s a blend of tradition and innovation. Bruce’s bold bourbon flavors, reminiscent of his grandfather Jimmy, are evident in the 12-year bourbon he chose. Eddie’s preference for softer, honeyed notes is showcased in his selections of 15-year and 14-year bourbons. Jimmy, staying true to the classic Wild Turkey profile, chose a nine-year bourbon. The meticulous blending process resulted in a harmonious flavor profile that pays homage to the family’s heritage.
Jimmy Russell, the legendary Master Distiller, expresses his pride in creating Generations, calling it a highlight of his career. The collaboration with his son and grandson to celebrate family and tradition is a testament to the enduring impact of the Russell family on bourbon making.
Wild Turkey Generations is a 120.8-proof blend with a symphony of flavors. Sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and dark cherry give way to warm notes of pepper and aged oak. The aroma is a captivating mix of oak and vanilla, leading to floral and spice notes with hints of baked apple, toffee, and cloves. The finish is a crescendo of dark fruit, baking spice, sweet toffee, and oak.
This historic release is extremely limited, with only around 5,000 bottles available nationwide. Priced at $450, Wild Turkey Generations invites enthusiasts to experience three generations of bourbon-making mastery. Exclusive online pre-sale access will be available to Wild Turkey fans in the United States, ensuring that they can secure their piece of bourbon history.
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