When Your Family’s Business is Bourbon

When Your Family’s Business is Bourbon

More than 40 years ago, Eddie Russell started working at Wild Turkey’s distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Ultimately, he became master distiller and created some of the brand’s most well-known whiskies. In 2010, he was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. It’s not unexpected—or even surprising—that he would have such a long and prolific career. Incredibly, Eddie’s father, bourbon legend Jimmy Russell, has been working at the Wild Turkey distillery even longer, starting there on September 10, 1954.

On this episode of Fix Me a Drink, Eddie joins hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum to talk about what it was like growing up in the bourbon business and how the explosion in popularity of American whiskey has made distillers inadvertent rock stars. The trio also shares stories about Jimmy Russell and reveals some all-time favorite bourbons and ryes.

So pour yourself a glass of bourbon or rye and listen to this new episode of Fix Me a Drink. Cheers!

Fix Me a Drink with Noah Rothbaum & David Wondrich · When Your Family’s Business is Bourbon - Fix Me a Drink

Fix Me a Drink is hosted by Flaviar’s resident liquor experts Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich. On each episode, the award-winning duo enjoys a delicious drink while uncovering lost liquor history, exploring modern cocktail culture and interviewing an incredible array of spirited guests. So fix yourself a drink and enjoy the show!

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Podcast Editor Alex Skjong.

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