Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller Of Wild Turkey Bourbon, Celebrates 60 Years Of Service

Oct 9, 2014

Poppy Tooker and Jimmy Russell at this year's Tales of the Cocktail.
Credit Joe Shriner

Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been making Wild Turkey Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky for 60 years, beginning his unprecedented career in distilling in 1954 at 19 years old. In 2014, he set the record for longest tenured Master Distiller in the industry.

At the age of 80, Jimmy Russell holds the distinction of being the oldest active Master Distiller in North America.

Jimmy Russell shares with Poppy Tooker his expertise regarding how bourbon is made, discusses the distillery's new visitor's center, and explains the changes in the industry in the past 60 years.