American Whiskey - Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
Wild Turkey Kentuck Spirit 101 bourbon is a single barrel bourbon, meaning that it is taken unblended and uncut straight from the cask ("101" being a reference to its relatively high proof). Jimmy Russell--master distiller--personally selects the barrel.
Wild Turkey got its name in 1940 when Thomas McCarthy (then executive of Austin Nichols) pulled a bottle of bourbon from his warehouse for an annual wild turkey hunt... the next year, they requested "that wild turkey bourbon!"Austin Nichols Distilling Company was originally a distillery in Lawrenceburg founded in 1905 by the Ripy brothers. Silent during prohibition, it re-opened and became known for Wild Turkey and Russel's Reserve whiskeys. Austin Nichols purchased the brand and distillery in 1971, who themselves were later purchased by Pernod-Ricard and re-sold to Campari in 2009.