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Wild Turkey Bourbon

9/17/2015 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments



On a windy night of 7th September, I was invited to a wonderful event at J House. J House is actually a place where you can have a delicious dishes that accompanied with a wonderful and breathtaking wine. But that day, I was introduced with Wild Turkey Bourbon. Yup it was a wishk(e)y from Kentucky.

I have met with Robin Coupar. Well, here is a brief about this awesome guy.



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ROBIN COUPAR

Robin Coupar, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a leading whisk(e)y expert who has dedicated more than 21 years to the industry. Robin is the Global Brand Ambassador for Gruppo Campari’s whisk(e)y portfolio that includes Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, Russell’s Reserve Bourbon & Rye Whiskey and Forty Creek Canadian Whisky. 
Robin’s passion and knowledge of whisk(e)y started in Scotland but extended well past the UK borders. His expertise was built through a series of assignments with some of the most renowned players in the world including United Distillers and Diageo where he worked on Johnnie Walker, Bell’s Blended Scotch Whiskies and the Classic Malts of Scotland. 
With the LVMH group Robin further spread the whisky gospel with brands such as Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Since March 2008 Robin has managed the fine Whisk(e)y portfolio at Campari America, this time with a broader scope as he has worked with whiskies from all over the world including the Suntory whiskies, Glenrothes, Bowmore, Auchentoshan, Glen Grant and Russell’s Reserve.
Apart from whisk(e)y, Robin’s passion in life is travel and following the fortunes (or lack of them) of Heart of Midlothian soccer team and his beloved Scotland rugby team.

- Whisk(e)y expert (Scotch and American whiskies) -
- Passionate and inspiring Storyteller -
- Experience working on 4 continents -
- Brand launches -
- Public speaking -
- Public Relations engagement -
- Whisk(e)y education & brand training -
- New product development -

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Whiskey or wishky? 

It is an anglicization of the Gaelic word uisce beatha. The phrase uisce beatha, literally "water of life", was the name given by Irish monks of the early Middle Ages to distilled alcohol. Yup, it was all the same! Whiskey often to be used on Ireland and United States of America, and Whisky often to be used on Canada, Scotland and Japan.


Whisk(e)y or Bourbon? 

To be cleared, all bourbon is whiskey, but all whiskey isn’t bourbon. Bourbon tastes stronger and sweeter than other whiskeys. That’s because it’s distilled from a key ingredient: corn. And bourbon is held to much higher quality standards than other whiskeys, from what goes in to how long it’s aged. Bourbon is America’s only native spirit, and 95% of it comes from Kentucky. 


Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey is a brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey distilled and bottled by the Austin Nichols division of Campari Group. The distillery is located near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It offers tours, and is part of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Founded in 1869…
The original Ripy family distillery was founded in 1869 on Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky USA. After prohibition ended in 1933, the original Ripy Distillery went through a modernisation program and started producing fine Kentucky Bourbon once again. In 1940 the now famous ‘Wild Turkey’ brand name was invented after a distillery executive named Thomas MCarthey took a supply of fine bourbon on a Wild Turkey hunting trip with a group of friends. They enjoyed the drink so much the brand was born. 
The distillery is situated on a deep limestone shelf on the Kentucky River. This layer of limestone serves as natural filter and provides the distillery with crystal clear water. Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell, says the purity of the water they use is vital to making such a high quality product. That said, Jimmy is more likely to be seen tasting the bourbon at the distillery than the local water… 
JIMMY RUSSELL, MASTER DISTILLER  
Master Distiller James C. Russell, or Jimmy to anyone who has ever shaken his hand, has been making bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky at the Austin, Nichols Distillery for 61 years. Growing up just five miles from the distillery, Jimmy followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, learning time-honored traditions and techniques uniquely suited to the heart of bourbon country. He trained under Bill Hughes, Wild Turkey® Bourbon’s second master distiller, and Ernest W. Ripy, Jr., the son of the original owners. It’s a small community of men who have mastered bourbon, and within this brotherhood, Jimmy Russell has gained a reputation as "Buddha of Bourbon" and“the master distillers’ master distiller.”  From the first selection of grains through the entire distillation and aging process, he has fused experience and wisdom to create the finest examples of America’s spirit.  
EDDIE RUSSELL, ASSOCIATE DISTILLER 
With 34 years of experience, Edward Freeman Russell knows a thing or two about bourbon. As the son of renowned master distiller, Jimmy Russell, and the fourth generation Russell to work at the Austin Nichols distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Eddie Russell is of an unmatched pedigree in the bourbon industry. Russell began his career at the distillery as a relief operator, eventually becoming a supervisor of new production and then a warehouse supervisor. After two decades in the business, he assumed the position of Manager of Barrel Maturation and Warehousing. In this role, he collaborated with his father to create “Russell’s Reserve,” the award-winning, 10-year old small-batch bourbon that serves as testimony to the family’s heritage of distilling craftsmanship and tradition. Eddie Russell was recently promoted to Associate Distiller, where he will work even closer with Jimmy to ensure the continuation of the quality, taste and genuine spirit of Wild Turkey® Bourbon. 

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For all of my life, I never worked,
I am just doing what I love
- Jimmy Russell -


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Expanded in 2010…
In 2007 Wild Turkey announced plans to build a new and larger distillery on its site in Anderson County to keep pace with projected increases in the global demand for its products. The new distillery is nearing completion and scheduled to begin operation in late 2011. 
The upgraded distillery will include a new storage warehouse capable of holding 20,000 barrels. This new US$2.3m facility will add to Wild Turkey’s storage capacity for its maturing bourbon products and enable the brand to keep up with our ever-growing demand into the future. Even though the new distillery now includes modern equipment, Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell, reminds visitors that many aspects of fine bourbon making will always be low tech. 



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Bourbon from the very center of 
the Rickhouse & the Hearts 
of Two Masters
- Jimmy Russell -


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Wild Turkey 101 

Wild Turkey 101 is the first Wild Turkey ever produced and the America's biggest-selling premium bourbon. It was a marriage of 6, 7, and 8 years old bourbons. It has a deep rich amber color with a gentle yet rich vanilla, oak and a hint of citrusy scent. The extra age gives this Wild Turkey depth and complexity.



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2012
Gold Medals, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
91 Points (Excellent, Highly recommended), Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2011
Gold Medal & Best in Class, International Wine & Spirits Competition
89 Points (Highly Recommended), Beverage Tasting Institute
88 Points (Very good, Strong Recommendation), Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Bronze Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2010
92 Points (Excellent / Strong Recommendation), Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
88 Points,  Beverage Tasting Institute
Silver Medal & Best in Class, International Spirits Competition


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Varietal
American Whiskey

Brand Name
Wild Turkey 

Liquor Style
Bourbon

Size
1 L 

Country
United States 

Alcohol Volume
50.5% 






American Honey

This American Honey was introduced in 2006. This drink was a combination 1:1 between pure honey and bourbon. It was specially made for lovers of Bourbon Whiskey but with a touch more richness and a long sweet finish with sublime texture. It was not only fantastic to drink neat, Wild Turkey American Honey is a wonderful additional ingredients to many premium cocktails. American Honey was named as World's Best Whisky Liqueur three years in a row between 2008-2010.

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WORLD'S BEST WHISKY LIQUEUR 
- World Whiskies Awards 2008, 2009 AND 2010-

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Varietal
Liqueur

Brand Name
Wild Turkey 

Liquor Style
Honey Liqueurs 

Size
700mL 

Country
United States 

Alcohol Volume
35.5% 

Closure
Screw Cap






Wild Turkey 81

Wild Turkey 81 was introduced by Eddy Russell in 2011. It's a high rye mash matured in heavily charred casks for big flavor. It has a smooth and fruity taste with a smokey and vanilla scent.

This Wild Turkey 81 is perfect to drink straight, mixed with cola or in traditional whiskey cocktails.


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2012
Silver Medals, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
89 Points (Very Good, Strong recommendation), Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2011
Gold Medal & Best in Class, International Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition


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Varietal
American Whiskey

Brand Name
Wild Turkey 

Liquor Style
Bourbon

Size
750mL 

Country
United States 

Alcohol Volume
40.5% 




Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Wild Turkey Rare Breed is one of my favorite that night. In fact, it was the #1 selling barrel proof bourbon in the USA and the world, the original 'small batch'.

This bottled directly from a variety of barrels bourbon was blended from barrels of 6-12 year-old bourbon and bottled at barrel proof with no added water. Rare Breed has a rich pure bourbon flavor with a nose of spring flowers balanced by a touch of black pepper and almonds.


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2011

Gold Medals, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
93 Points (Excellent, Highly recommended), Ultimate Spirits Challenge
92 Points (Exceptional), Beverage Tasting Institute


2010

Gold Medal & Best in Class, International Wine & Spirits Competition
89 Points (Highly Recommended), Beverage Tasting Institute
88 Points (Very good, Strong Recommendation), Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Bronze Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition


2010

Silver Medal & Best in Class, International Spirits Competition
Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
92 Points (Excellent , Highly Recommendation), Ultimate Spirits Challenge


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Varietal
American Whiskey

Brand Name
Wild Turkey 

Liquor Style
Bourbon

Size
750mL 

Country
United States 

Alcohol Volume
54.1% 





Wild Turkey Master's Keep

OK, this is the masterpiece of Wild Turkey. There is only 40 bottle in Indonesia and I am one of the luckiest people who can taste this awesome 17 years of bourbon. Wild Turkey Master's Keep Limited Edition is delicate yet distinctly Wild Turkey.

It has a different level of color from the others. This Wild Turkey Master's Keep has smooth and silky initiation that transformed into caramel and vanilla sweetness. It has a satisfying burst of spiciness and oak finish.

To tell you the truth, this is my most favorite drink so far.



Varietal
American Whiskey

Brand Name
Wild Turkey 

Liquor Style
Bourbon

Size
750mL 

Country
United States 

Alcohol Volume
43.4% 



Indeed, it was such an unforgettable experiences. I can taste this awesome and very limited edition bourbon from Wild Turkey!

Salute for the patience and the thoroughness of Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell! And Thank you for Wild Turkey for inviting me to explore the amazing journey of Wild Turkey Bourbons.


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