Now we’ve hit the second half of the Wild Turkey Hunt Tour – and the last day of bourbon blogging (maybe. for now). And to be honest, it wasn’t two parts but really, 3.5 hours of photos doesn’t fit in one blog post. And I like to hold you in suspense. You’re welcome.
After barrel rolling, we ventured to an area off the beaten path that was known as the barrel graveyard, which was – you guessed it – a graveyard for old barrels. We were allowed to pick through things and take home a barrel head if we wanted (that flat end that is stamped with the date/distillery, if you’re unfamiliar). My tour guide helped me get one to take home. It’ll stay in Kentucky for the time being, but I can’t wait to put it in my apartment. PS it is way harder than you think to pull those suckers off.
Next up, we checked out a beautiful area above a quarry before entering another warehouse where we did some taste testing. What was on the menu? The infamous Wild Turkey 101 as well as Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel. The latter of which I had yet to try. And also happened to be my very favorite of the day. Post-taste test and commentary from the Russells, we headed back to the visitor center for lunch with Jimmy and Eddie. Sitting down at the table, we had another taste test – this time of the Wild Turkey Rye, which I must admit, was the best rye I’ve had to date. Good job, Russells. We had a little more RR Single Barrel as well as a taste of American Honey, before noshing on some stew, ribs and other goodies. Jimmy and Eddie signed all the bottles right then and there of the Single Barrel that we were able to take home as a gift. They also signed pretty much anything else we so desired. Super cool guys, those two. And a favorite tour in my book.
Til next time, Wild Turkey. Til next time.