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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Changes in His Lifetime

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Changes in His Lifetime

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, tells of his following the generations-old family trade in his hometown of Lawrenceburg, KY, and he discusses the steady consolidation of small family businesses into large companies over the years. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): History of Wild Turkey

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): History of Wild Turkey

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the history of the distillery: its early changes in ownership,  how annual turkey hunts led to its present name, and the success of the Wild Turkey brand. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Wild Turkey Honey

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Wild Turkey Honey

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the creation of American Honey (originally Wild Turkey Honey Liqueur), some humorous old-time uses of it, and the brand’s continued success. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Fire and Rebuilding

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Fire and Rebuilding

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the expansion of the industry and the fire in 2000 that destroyed one of the warehouses. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Community

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Community

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses lifelong friends in the Kentucky bourbon community and how the community works together. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Legacy and Reflection

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Legacy and Reflection

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, expresses his pride in his son Eddie and his appreciation of seeing people enjoying the various brands of Wild Turkey bourbon. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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  • Olivia Ripy: Beginning Her Career

    Olivia Ripy: Beginning Her Career

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses her career in the distillery, first on the bottling line and later as the head of the new Visitor’s Center. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889. Share

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  • Olivia Ripy: Working in the Visitor Center

    Olivia Ripy: Working in the Visitor Center

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses her time working in the Wild Turkey distillery’s Visitor Center at a time when bourbon tourism was just beginning. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889. Share

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  • Olivia Ripy: Family Ties to the Industry

    Olivia Ripy: Family Ties to the Industry

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses several family members who work in the family distillery, which is now the Wild Turkey distillery. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889. Share

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