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Wild Turkey

The distillery was founded in 1869 on Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceberg, Kentucky by the Ripy brothers. A year later, the distribution of bourbon was greatly improved after it was packaged in jugs, as opposed to shipping entire barrels. Whiskey made by the Ripy brothers was popular and received great acclaim; in 1893 the Ripy brothers’s bourbon was chosen to represent Kentucky at the World’s Fair. The distillery closed in 1919 with the advent of US Prohibition and it was not until 1933, after the act was abolished, that the Ripy distillery was renovated and put back into operation. It was in 1940 that Thomas McCarthy, a distillery executive, brought some of his whiskey with him on a wild turkey hunt and shared it amongst his friends. They enjoyed it so much that they requested he bring some more ‘Wild Turkey’ bourbon on the next hunt. The name stuck.

In 1971, the Ripy brothers were bought out by Austin Nichols Distilling Company who were subsequently acquired by the giant, Pernod Ricard in 1980. This opened up a massive infrastructure with a superb distribution network and sales improved drastically. On 9th May 2000, one of the warehouses was destroyed by a fire and thousands of litres of maturing whiskey were spent down the nearby Kentucky River, killing thousands upon thousands of fish. Accordingly, Wild Turkey paid the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife $256,000 in an effort to restore good faith in the brand. The distillery is unusual in that its standard bottling is at 101 proof, considerably higher than the 80 proof norm. Wild Turkey also enjoys a host of droll nicknames including ‘The Dirty Bird’, ‘The Kickin’ Chicken’ and the ridiculous ‘Thunder Chicken’. The current owners are the Campari Group who purchased the brand in 2009.

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Wild Turkey 101
(70cl, 50.50%)
This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for 8 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info
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$44.90
This is an 8 year old 101 proof (50.5% abv) bottling of Wild Turkey - the legendary bourbon from Austin Nichols. This is a rare 1970s bottling.

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$299.20
This Wild Turkey 101 Proof (50.5% abv), aged for 8 years, offers a window into the past. It is bourbon from nearly four decades ago!  More info
$299.20
Wild Turkey 81 Proof
(70cl, 40.50%)
A lower strength bourbon from Wild Turkey, bottled at 81 proof (40.5% abv) and created by the associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell. This has a high rye content...  More info
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$36.59
Made using a blend of 6, 8 and 12 year old stock and bottled at barrel proof, this is a decidedly more intense, flavoursome bottling of Wild Turkey Bourbon. Serve chilled and share it with friends...  More info
$75.61
Wild Turkey - 1990s
(100cl, 40%)
A delicious and very rare 80 proof bottling of Wild Turkey bourbon. This was bottled at some time during the 1990s…  More info
A very cool Bourbon, this is a cask strength, 8 year old edition of Wild Turkey, bottled in 1976 and imported into Milan, Italy. Comes in a lovely old-fashioned cardboard box.  More info
Wild Turkey as it was enjoyed by good ole boys in the early 1980s. The bottle is in great shape which probably can't be said for the good ole boys themselves. The seal is intact.  More info
$159.57
Try Wild Turkey as it was enjoyed in the early 1980s, by hellraisers such as Hunter S. Thompson, who would no doubt have swigged it straight from the neck, then shot it with a magnum. Bottled at a...  More info
$239.36
A rare, old 1980s bottling of the astonishingly lovely Wild Turkey 101 proof, aged for eight years and bottled at 50.5% abv...  More info
A litre bottle of the glorious 101 proof, 8 year old Wild Turkey. This is a rare bottling from the 1980s - a collector's piece for sure!  More info
This is the legendary Wild Turkey Bourbon flavoured with honey for a smoothly sweet flavour. This can be drunk neat or can be used as a creative cocktail ingredient.  More info
$38.26
This is a 1990's bottling of the acclaimed Wild Turkey 8 Year Old Bourbon from Austin Nichols.  More info
$79.79
This is a rye whiskey bottled by famous Bourbon distillers Austin Nichols in 1996.  More info
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$79.79
This is a barrel proof (54.5%abv in this case) 1990's bottling of the Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon from Austin Nichols.  More info
$119.68
Wild Turkey Straight Rye
(70cl, 50.50%)
A rye whiskey from Wild Turkey, bottled at 101 US Proof. This was awarded a silver medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and it has an incredibly spicy, rich flavour.  More info
$66.41

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