WILD TURKEY® MASTER DISTILLER JIMMY RUSSELL HONORED WITH PRESITGIOUS AWARD

(November 1, 2010) – After 56 years of service, Wild Turkey® Master Distiller and industry veteran Jimmy Russell, has been honored with a special award for outstanding contribution to the Kentucky Bourbon business in the highly acclaimed International Spirits Challenge 2010.

The result is based on Jimmy’s passion and lifelong commitment to the Kentucky Bourbon business. Born and bred in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Jimmy started work at the Wild Turkey distillery in 1954, before going on to fulfill his dream of becoming Master Distiller at age 39. Since taking on the role, Jimmy’s involvement in the business has been invaluable, carrying on the real tradition of rural craftsmanship of the highest standards and growing the Wild Turkey Bourbon line significantly before he eventually passes the responsibility down to his son, Eddie Russell. Remaining true to his roots, Jimmy can still be seen at the distillery up to five days a week, claiming that it’s not work, but pleasure.

Cesare Vandini, Group Marketing Director, Gruppo Campari comments on this honor: “We could not be more delighted to hear of Jimmy’s achievement. Under his leadership the brand has developed considerably, with five variations of Wild Turkey now in existence. This is thanks to his continued focus on quality and implementation of new, innovative methods of production that never lose sight of traditional whiskey making techniques. This is a very well deserved accolade.”
A true expert, Jimmy’s knowledge of the bourbon industry is unparalleled. Spreading his passion and enthusiasm for the brand, Jimmy continues to travel the world educating people about bourbon, helping Wild Turkey to maintain its status as one of the most authentic American Whiskey brands.

 

November 1, 2010

WILD TURKEY® MASTER DISTILLER JIMMY RUSSELL HONORED WITH PRESITGIOUS AWARD

(November 1, 2010) – After 56 years of service, Wild Turkey® Master Distiller and industry veteran Jimmy Russell, has been honored with a special award for outstanding contribution to the Kentucky Bourbon business in the highly acclaimed International Spirits Challenge 2010.

The result is based on Jimmy’s passion and lifelong commitment to the Kentucky Bourbon business. Born and bred in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Jimmy started work at the Wild Turkey distillery in 1954, before going on to fulfill his dream of becoming Master Distiller at age 39. Since taking on the role, Jimmy’s involvement in the business has been invaluable, carrying on the real tradition of rural craftsmanship of the highest standards and growing the Wild Turkey Bourbon line significantly before he eventually passes the responsibility down to his son, Eddie Russell. Remaining true to his roots, Jimmy can still be seen at the distillery up to five days a week, claiming that it’s not work, but pleasure.

Cesare Vandini, Group Marketing Director, Gruppo Campari comments on this honor: “We could not be more delighted to hear of Jimmy’s achievement. Under his leadership the brand has developed considerably, with five variations of Wild Turkey now in existence. This is thanks to his continued focus on quality and implementation of new, innovative methods of production that never lose sight of traditional whiskey making techniques. This is a very well deserved accolade.”
A true expert, Jimmy’s knowledge of the bourbon industry is unparalleled. Spreading his passion and enthusiasm for the brand, Jimmy continues to travel the world educating people about bourbon, helping Wild Turkey to maintain its status as one of the most authentic American Whiskey brands.

 

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