Wild Turkey 101 Proof Kentucky Straight Rye pre-2012
The Wild Turkey distillery, then known as Boulevard, was built in 1935 by the Ripy Brothers in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The Wild Turkey brand name originated around 1941 when some, shared on a hunting trip, was referred to as "some of that wild turkey whiskey." It is distilled at bottled by the Austin Nicholls company and for many years they had sourced the whiskey from the Ripy's, but eventually bought the distillery from them in 1972, renaming it in the process. Of almost equal importance, the purchase of the distillery included the contract of legendary master distillery, Jimmy Russell, who started working there in 1954. His name is synonymous with the brand, and his son succeeded him 2015. In 2011 a new Wild Turkey distillery was built on the same site, replacing the original Ripy plant after 76 years.
Wild Turkey is one of the few Kentucky distilleries that actually distil their own rye whiskey. The 101 proof rye was launched back in 1950 and was originally sourced from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The first rye was distilled at Wild Turkey in 1974 and the 101 proof was bottled until 2012 when it went into limited distribution in litre size bottles. The 75cl version did not return until 2021.
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