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Wild Turkey 12 Year Old 101 Proof Limited Edition 1985

Lot: 5142427

Wild Turkey 12 Year Old 101 Proof Limited Edition 1985

Winning Bid: £1,000

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Wild Turkey
12 Year Old
Kentucky, USA
Bottled Strength: 
101 US Proof / 50.5%
Bottle Size: 
Distillery Status: 
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Wild Turkey 12 Year Old 101 Proof Limited Edition 1985

A limited edition bottling of Wild Turkey 12 year old, bottled at the expected 101 US Proof / 50.5%. 

This product was first introduced in the mid-1980s, a period known as the "Glut Era" when a downturn in bourbon sales caused many distillers to end up overstocked with well-aged bourbon that was not generally to the tastes of the market at the time (although it was in Japan). The gold labelling was an attempt to premium-ise these older whiskies, and today they are generally regarded as fantastic releases.

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.

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