Swapping whisky for bourbon: Wild Turkey 101

The World’s longest serving master distiller – makes bourbon. For an astounding 60 years, James C. Russell has been making whiskey at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and today, is the longest-tenured, active spirits Master Distiller in the world. Brought up only five miles from the distillery, he followed his father, who taught […]

Kentucky Governor designates September as ‘Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month’

Kentucky’s Governor, Steve Beshear, has recognised the impact of the Bluegrass State’s whiskey industry by proclaiming September as “Bourbon Heritage Month”. Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon and is home to historic distillers and international companies such as Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. “Kentucky bourbon has […]

Wild Turkey unveils plans for new visitor centre for 2013

Campari America have announced plans to build a new visitor centre at their Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, at an event hosted by the city’s mayor, Edwina Baker. The $4 million visitor attraction will sit atop the legendary Wild Turkey Hill and represents the centrepiece of Campari America’s $100 million investment in the iconic […]

Kentucky mayors take to the trail

The mayors of Lousiville and Lexington have taken to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail today to promote the state’s most famous export and the tourism possibilities that bourbon generates. Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, and Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, will travel along the trail with representatives of the six distilleries which feature on it. […]

Tourism bosses approve Wild Turkey funding

Officials at the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority have approved the funding incentives sought by Wild Turkey to assist in their plans for a new visitor centre. The famous Kentucky bourbon maker plans a $4 million project including a new visitor attraction at their Lawrenceburg home. Although no direct funding comes from the tourism authority, […]

Mad Men and cocktail craze leads to rye shortage

The growing demand for whiskey cocktails in the USA has led to shortages of many brands of rye whiskey, as it enjoys something of a renaissance. Many commentators are suggesting that the increase in Manhattan drinkers can be credited to the hard drinking lifestyle of the characters in the hit TV series Mad Men. The […]

Campari America signs up to DISCUS

Wild Turkey owner, Campari America, hazs announced that they have chosen to join the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), becoming their 14th voting member. DISCUS President and CEO, Peter H. Cressy, said in a press release: “Campari America is a top supplier in the US managing a premium portfolio that includes many […]

Corsair signs up with KDA

The Corsair Artisan Distillery, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has become the most recent member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. The boutique operation joins the likes of Jim Beam, Four Roses and Wild Turkey – as well as other craft distillers like themselves – in the ranks of the 130 year old bourbon maker’s association. KDA […]

CNN puts Bourbon Trail in Top 10

Broadcasters CNN International have this week named visiting the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour as one of the “10 Classic American Experiences.” “To get this type of recognition further solidifies Bourbon as America’s official native spirit,” said Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. “And there is no better way to experience […]

Kentucky Governor welcomes Wild Turkey expansion

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear today announced a $44 million dollar investment in the Wild Turkey distillery by the distillers owners, Gruppo Campari. Work is expected to be completed in 2013 and, as well as providing for Wild Turkey’s entire production – from distilling to aging to bottling – on the same site, Campari’s Skyy vodka […]

Wild Turkey release extra-aged rye whiskey

Legendary Kentucky distiller, Wild Turkey has released a new whiskey to help meet the growing demand for rye whiskey in the USA. Wild Turkey 81 Rye is the oldest-aged major rye whiskey in its category, according to the distillery and will be available nationwide this spring. The whiskey was created by Associate Master Distiller, Eddie […]