Wild Turkey Diamond
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, KY
Age: 13 YR
Nose: Classic Wild Turkey spice with wonderful notes of oak, caramel, dried dark fruit, vanilla and toffee. Cinnamon, sandalwood, citrus peel and hints of raw grains move about and after adding a dash of water a very strange, but not unpleasant, coca note appeared that I’ve never picked up in a Wild Turkey before.
Palate: Again that wonderful Wild Turkey spice is upfront and combines forces with notes of wood, caramel, rye, cinnamon, corn, dried dark fruit and a touch of honey. There is an almost malted like sweetness to it that slides through in the back with hints of citrus.
Color: Light Caramel
Notes: The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jimmy Russell(doc link). Jimmy started working at Wild Turkey in 1954 and has probably held every job at the distillery during that time while learning from bourbon luminaries like Bill Hughes and Ernest W. Ripy. To create the Diamond Anniversary Jimmy’s son Eddie, who is also an Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey, cherry picked barrels of bourbon that ranged from 13 – 16 year old and blended them together and create this tribute to his father. The living legend who has worked tirelessly for decades to help shape and influence the modern bourbon world.