Not many American distilleries go back as far, few have whiskey stocks as deep, and none have a Master Distiller that’s been at the helm for as long as Wild Turkey. For those reasons and many more, Wild Turkey is a true American heritage brand. Since its founding after the Civil War in 1869, Wild Turkey has seen its fortunes rise and fall with the various tides of politics, Prohibition, and changing times. With the installment of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell in 1954, things have been on a steady climb and this historic brand has since been transformed into one of the most important producers of whiskey in the world. Over 60 years later, Jimmy is still carrying the torch aided, for decades now, by his son Eddie Russell, the only father-and-son team working together who are not already in the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Our single-barrel exclusives of the Russell’s Reserve bourbon are perfect examples of just how far this brand has come. Come Thanksgiving, this is most definitely the bird we’d like to see on the table.