by Suzan Ryan – editor: bars&clubs
Wild Turkey has released a limited edition Diamond Anniversary bottle blending 13 to 16 years old bourbons, in celebration of Father’s Day.
The limited-edition Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was created to commemorate the bond between Wild Turkey father and son distilling team Jimmy Russell – the world’s longest-tenured, active Master Distiller – and Eddie Russell, who has worked by his father’s side at the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery for 33 years.
Throughout his 60 years at Wild Turkey, Jimmy launched Wild Turkey brands and expressions such as Tradition, Tribute, 17-year-old Wild Turkey for Japan, Rare Breed, American Spirit, Kentucky Spirit and Russell’s Reserve (which he co-created with son, Eddie). Jimmy also created the first the first honeyed Bourbon, at the time called Wild Turkey Liqueur (now known as American Honey), in 1976.
In recognition of this inspirational partnership, Eddie Russell wanted to create something special to honour his father and mentor. “When I was creating Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary, my father’s voice was in my head guiding me,” said Eddie. (continues below)
The result is Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary – the first time an alcohol brand has honoured an individual's substantial contribution to the success of a spirits brand.
Eddie Russell hand-selected rare barrels aged for 13 to 16 years (almost twice as long as Wild Turkey 101) to create a spirit with notes of caramel and vanilla and a spicy oak finish.
Campari will officially launch the Diamond Anniversary bottle at a special Father’s Day sit-down dinner next Thursday night, September 4, at Rockpool, Sydney.
“We are proud to launch Wild Turkey Diamond at Rockpool,” says Campari Australia national brand ambassador, Oliver Stuart.
“Super Premium bourbon like Wild Turkey Diamond is at home in one of Australia’s finest restaurants – Rockpool."
Presented in a commemorative wooden box, the 91 proof (45.5% ABV) limited edition bourbon is available at RRP $150 per bottle.