American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon from Ripy to Russell


by David Jennings The story of Wild Turkey is in many ways the story of bourbon itself. From the struggles of nineteenth-century immigrants, to the triumphs of the longest-tenured master distiller in the world, a bold, uniquely American spirit emerges. American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon from Ripy to Russell is a tribute to the perseverance of two families, each perfecting their passion through extraordinary circumstances. It’s a testament to Jimmy Russell and his sixty-five years of unmatched dedication to quality. And much like a glass of fine bourbon, it’s a journey – a personal reflection on something carefully crafted over time. This book is a love letter to Wild Turkey that all bourbon enthusiasts can raise a glass to and enjoy. Paperback


A quick, fun read that will make you want to pack a suitcase and head to Lawrenceburg, KY to visit the Russells and the Wild Turkey distillery. David has written the definitive history of Wild Turkey, but balances it with a conversational writing style that is instantly accessible. His passion shines through on every page. In addition to the story of Wild Turkey and the Russells, the book also contains cocktail recipes and tasting notes for many Wild Turkey expressions, both modern and vintage. A nice touch and something that can be referenced when tasting at home. David is arguably the biggest Wild Turkey superfan around, and this book is as much detailed history as it is a love letter to his favorite distillery. Highly recommended!

If you want to either expand your turkey knowledge or just learn some history on bourbon this is a fantastic read!!

Extremely thorough work by David Jennings. Such a great book not just for the Wild Turkey fan but for anyone who loves and appreciates bourbon.