After 29 years in the Kentucky Bourbon industry, Eddie Russell, Wild Turkey Bourbon Associate Distiller, will be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, the highest honor given by the legendary Kentucky Bourbon industry. The ceremony will take place on September 17, 2010.
As the son of renowned Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and the fourth generation Russell to work at the Austin Nichols distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Eddie Russell is of an unmatched pedigree in the bourbon industry. Before being promoted to the position of Associate Distiller in 2007, Russell collaborated with his father to create "Russell's Reserve," the award-winning, 10-year old small-batch bourbon that serves as a testimony to the family's heritage of distilling craftsmanship and tradition. Eddie's experience in and knowledge of the bourbon business makes him a prime candidate for this honor.
Russell's honor comes nine years after his father's induction at the inaugural Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame ceremony in 2001. The father and son team has spent a combined 85 years crafting the iconic Wild Turkey Bourbon. "We are very pleased to hear of Eddie's well-deserved honor," said Cesare Vandini, Group Marketing Director, Gruppo Campari. "Passing down Wild Turkey's traditions from generation to generation ensures that the brand's integrity is kept alive through timeless processes and an uncompromising focus on quality."