Wild Turkey Bourbon 81 Proof Veteran Artist Program Edition

This special edition Wild Turkey is a part of the Veteran Artist initiative, a unique program that promotes the works of veteran artists.
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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). "I was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky," says Jimmy, "which was a small community when I was growing up, but there were four bourbon distilleries here, and you had families working all the distilleries. You wanted to get in the business. My grandfather and my father, me, and now my son, we've all been in the business."

Wild Turkey bourbon is crafted using a high-rye mashbill, which gives the bourbon a unique and spicy flavor profile. Once the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in American oak casks that have been charred with a #4 char. Typically, the degree of charring within a cask is measured on a scale of one to four, with a #1 char referring to casks that have been lightly toasted, and a #4 char referring to casks that have been charred so heavily that the interior resembles an alligator hide.

This special edition Wild Turkey bourbon is a part of the Veteran Artist Program, an initiative that supports the art of veterans, promoting their work into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, collaborations with professional artists, and mentorships. This high-rye release is aged for an extended 5-8 years and bottled at 81 proof. Expect delicious, complex notes of spice, oak, fudge, vanilla and Manuka honey.

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Proof 81 (40.5% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Wild Turkey
Size 750mL
Spiced oak, vanilla, fudge, rye spice and coffee aromas on the nose. The palate is rich and full-bodied with sweet notes of Manuka honey, caramel, and fudge. Subtle notes of rhubarb, custard, and espresso follow. The finish has candied notes of caramel and coffee, with hints of Black Forest honey and fresh baked Hot Cross Buns, followed by barrel char and spice.
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