Wild Turkey Distillery celebrates milestones

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Wild Turkey distillery in Anderson County has several reasons to celebrate. First of all, the opening of the brand-new visitor center. Also, the master distiller is celebrating a significant milestone in his career

Jimmy Russell knows a thing or two about making bourbon.

"It's always been on the market this is what we started out with," Russell, Wild Turkey Master Distiller, says.

In fact, this year, Wild Turkey's master distiller celebrates his 60th year.

"My dad worked here. My wife worked here for a while. Before I did. It's been a family affair for us," he continues.

In honor of that anniversary, Russell's son, Eddie, also a master distiller, has created a new bourbon blend, Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.

That's not the only cause for celebration.

Tuesday, the distillery is also holding the grand opening of its brand new visitor's center. Governor Steve Beshear will help open it in a ceremony Tuesday evening. It's more than 9,000 square feet and designed to fit in with the distillery's farm surroundings.

"We tried to make it look like an old tobacco barn. It's tradition Bourbons tradition we want to make it as traditional as we could," Russell says.

Bourbon's seen a lot of growth over the past few years.

"There's more bourbon barrels made in Kentucky last year than there's ever been made," says Russell.

Russell hopes to see that continue.

"The younger generations getting back into bourbon. And the ladies. Ladies' bourbon society is getting really involved in the bourbon business now," says Russell.

The grand opening will be Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

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