Visiting Wild Turkey: A Photo Essay

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening of the new Wild Turkey visitor center and celebrate Jimmy Russell’s 60 years with the distillery. In the spirit of full disclosure I should note that the fine folks at Wild Turkey not only invited me down (along with several other whiskey writers) for the event but also covered my travel and lodging for the event. We were given a personal tour of the distillery by both Jimmy and Eddie Russell followed by a tasting of the Wild Turkey line and a QA session with Jean Jacques Dubau, the new Managing Director of North America for Gruppo Campari.

After the tour we attend the grand opening celebration at the visitor center and mingled with some of Kentucky’s prominent political figures and the bourbon elite like Parker Beam and Fred Noe. I was even lucky enough to snap a photo of Fred Noe trying Wild Turkey Diamond for the first time with Jimmy.

It was a fantastic trip and the experience only served to strengthen my respect and admiration for the Wild Turkey brand. I’ll be posting some additional information from my trip over the next week or two but for now I wanted to share some of the photos I captured while at the distillery and grand opening celebration. I suggest pouring yourself a glass of Wild Turkey Rare Breed before viewing the following photos.


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Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Two weeks ago we told you about the upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience hosted by The Filson Historical Society and featuring Bourbon Hall of Fame Member Mike Veach. The event is coming up on April 29th and tickets are still available. However, if you’ve been wanting to go and haven’t pull the trigger today’s your lucky day. 

The Filson has generously provided Bourbon & Banter with two sets of tickets to giveaway to our loyal readers. Winners will receive two tickets, valued at $400, for the event on April 29th in Louisville, KY. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations but admission to the event is on us. 

In order be eligible to win a pair of tickets you need to follow these instructions:

1) Either ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follows us on Twitter

2) Submit your name and email address using the link below.  

That’s it. Very simple. We’ll then draw the two winners on Tuesday, April 22nd after 5 pm.

Enter to win tickets now!




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Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Whether it’s different types of wine, beer or a classic cocktail, there is a style and shape of glass for everything.

For years however, when drinking whiskey you either shot it or drank it from an old fashioned or rocks glass. Of course, that all changed several years ago when the Glencairn Glass was introduced. Originally designed for single malt Scotch, it seems every whiskey distiller, regardless of style, has come to embrace this one glass for tasting and enjoying whiskey neat.

But old habits die hard, and I was one of the many who questioned whether the shape of the glass could really affect the smell, taste and enjoyment of whiskey. Leave it to a friend of mine to introduce me to the ways of the Glencairn.

My friend had me do a side by side comparison of the same whiskey: a shot in a traditional old fashioned glass and a shot in a Glencairn Glass. The differences were astonishing.

However, we were using George T. Stagg as our test whiskey and we wondered if the results would be the same using a less intense, everyday bourbon like Wild Turkey 101. Let’s check it out.

Old Fashioned Glass


  • Nose: strong, boozy; hint of toffee
  • First Sip: heat up front, followed by vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of rye spice
  • Finish: the flavors fade quickly, but the burn lasts a bit longer


 Glencairn Glass


  • Nose: lots of caramelized sugar and toffee, but no boozy smell like in the old fashioned glass
  • First Sip: very little heat; viscous sugar with a bit of rye spiciness
  • Finish: long; the flavors stick around this time, complementing the burn


The conclusion is fairly obvious.  After comparing the 2 glasses the Glencairn Glass actually enhances the aromas and flavors of whiskey. This doesn’t mean I won’t drink from other glasses in the future, but if I have my choice, it’ll be a Glencairn Glass from now on. 

If you don’t own a Glencairn glass yet I suggest you check out some of our very own custom designs made for just for the bourbon drinker.

Explore Custom Glencairn Glass Designs

Do you think using a Glencairn glass makes a difference? Let me know in the comments what you think.



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Destination: Wild Turkey

Destination: Wild Turkey


Just a quick note to let everyone know that I’m heading down to Louisville and beyond to help Jimmy and Eddie Russell celebrate the grand opening of the new Wild Turkey visitor center on Tuesday evening. I’m pretty excited to be one of several whiskey writers/bloggers invited down for the event. Stay tuned for photos and updates via the @BourbonBanter Twitter feed and on Facebook.  I’m looking forward to reporting back on everything Wild Turkey over the next few days.



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