Jimmy Russell is a man that needs very little introduction, as most bourbon drinkers have almost definitely heard of him and know how much he’s influenced the bourbon movement that began almost 20 years ago. His name conjures up words like quality, character, commitment…and hysterically funny! For those that don’t know of Mr. Russell, he is the Master Distiller (a designation he shares with his son, Eddie Russell) at Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. He is a 60 year whiskey veteran, longest-tenured, active Master Distiller in the global spirits industry, Creator of Rare Breed, Kentucky Spirit and Co-Creator of Russell’s Reserve line of whiskeys, Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame member, Lifetime honorary member for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Whiskey Hall of Fame member, Whiskey judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition, anointed a Kentucky Colonel by three standing Commonwealth of Kentucky Governors, including former Governors Paul E. Patton and Ernie Fletcher, and current Governor Steve Beshear, was honored with a Resolution by the Kentucky State Assembly and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, received a special tribute from Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell that was entered into the Congressional Record, and received the Key to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky from Mayor Edwinna Baker.
Oh, and he’s one of the most kind, interesting and funny men you’ll ever meet. Do not miss this opportunity to meet a legend on his first whiskey related trip to Philadelphia.