Eddie Russell’s Master Class in Manila

Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey’s Master Distiller, Eddie Russell, hosted The Road to Wild Turkey at the Cove Night Club, in Okada Manila, on Thursday, February 01st, 2018. The Manila Master Class was Russell’s third stop on an Asian tour that included Japan and Hong Kong.

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For thirty-six years, Eddie Russell has established himself as one of the world’s leading Master Distillers. He is the son of renowned Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell. In 2014, Eddie Russell’s groundbreaking innovations and dedication to his craft earned him a spot in the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, where he joined the ranks of prestigious Master Distillers that included his father.

Eddie Russell’s stay in the Philippines began with a tour around the walled city of Intramuros with tour guide and performance artist, Carlos Celdran. The tour concluded with a stroll through Manila Biennale, a month long art expo inside the city.

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Russell spoke before a captivated crowd at the Cove Night Club, in Okada Manila. There he took guests through an interactive lecture that included the history of bourbon production in the American south. Once guests understood the history of bourbon, Russell shared Wild Turkey’s decades old secrets of the trade by breaking down every aspect of the production process- from gathering raw ingredients, to the creation of ‘Sour Mash’, and the fine art of bourbon aging.

As a treat to guests, Eddie Russell was kind enough to share his bourbon for a brief seminar on tasting. Those in attendance had the chance to enjoy four of Wild Turkey’s offerings; Wild Turkey ’81, Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Rye, and Russell’s Reserve, a ten year old blend that he co-created with his father, Jimmy.

Thanks in part to Wild Turkey’s uncompromising spirit and its constant dedication towards tradition, American whiskey and bourbon are experiencing renewed popularity the world over among men and women in their twenties and thirties.

“The best thing about it now is that if you wanted to try out different bourbons, you had to go to a liquor store and buy a bottle. Now, the bars have them”, shared Eddie Russell. “You can try different ones and find out what your taste profile is. It shocks a lot of people when I say that, but I think Wild Turkey is one of the best ones. Once you find the ones you like, get on the internet and see who made it. Because for me, I want something genuine!”

To know more about Wild Turkey, visit: http://wildturkeybourbon.com


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