Nov 24, 2016
Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, joins the show to
discuss growing up around the distillery, apprenticeship, and what
tradition has taught him about the business.
- Talk about your childhood. What was your upbringing like?
- What sports did you play?
- You were also going to play college ball at one point
- How did you get roped into this operation?
- In 2015 you were named Master Distiller here at Wild Turkey.
Talk about your job now.
- Did your formal education prepare you for being a Master
- What are some of the biggest lessons your father taught
- What was life like before the bourbon craze?
- Do you and your dad have the same flavor pallet?
- Your dad has said time and time again he’s hard-headed and old
fashioned. What are some of the traditions here at Wild Turkey you
intend on keeping?
- Do you feel a sense of pressure?
- From Erik Hasselgärde on Facebook: Bourbon is rooted in
tradition, some from 200 years ago, some from 50. What are they
learning about bourbon today, that they hope to pass on to future
- From Ryan Oberleitner: Why has their entry proof been raised
over the years? What affect do they think that has had?
- Do you plan on bring the 13yr age stated export here
- From Jack Johnson on Facebook: When they reach 100 years (total
together) as Master Distillers (which will occur in less than 18
months), can we expect some outstanding special editions?
- From- Will T @iamwillt: Can we please get age and warehouse
info on private and single barrels? It would give us reason to buy
- What’s one thing that annoys you in the bourbon industry?
- Do the ladies pay attention to you when Matthew McConaughey is
- Last year you all came out with Russells Reserve 1998. Talk
about that release because I’m mad at myself I didn’t drop the
money on it and people are raving it’s one of the best things to
come out of Wild Turkey
- What’s next for Eddie Russell?