Issue #11 - Living Legends is Delivered to You Each Wednesday
This Week We Take A Look at:
Eddie Russell
One of the best that's ever been!
Living Legends
by Colonel Steve Akley
With our Living Legends Series, we take a look at the true players in the world of bourbon and how they have impacted the industry. It's going to be a fun journey, I hope you will join me each Wednesday as we explore the Living Legends of Bourbon.
PS - Why is a Cadillac the logo for the Living Legends series? Well, that's not any Cadillac, it's the tail fin of a 1959 Caddy, which I think is the greatest automobile ever built. That's just a personal choice, though. I also like the fact the name of the car, "Cadillac" can be synonymous with the "greatest version of something." If you say, "That's the Cadillac" of golf clubs," you are saying, "it's the best." Since we are celebrating the "biggest contributors to bourbon" it just feels right.
Eddie Russell

Eddie Russell
Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Distillery

The Eddie Russell File File
  • A 40+ year career at Wild Turkey.
  • Named master distiller in 2015.
  • Responsible for many of Wild Turkey's new products, including the Master's Keep series.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee.
I worked with my father for the last 10-years of his career at the start of my career. Like Eddie does with Jimmy Russell, I worked with my Dad who was a larger than life persona and a legend in his field. I always think one of two things can happen. First, it can crush you. While you may love your parent, not being able to emerge for his or her shadow is very difficult for some. For others, they thrive, realizing that every moment spent together is precious. 

That's the way it was with my Dad and while I don't know Eddie Russell on a personal basis, that's my take on how he feels as well. Listen, Eddie is a legend in his own rite. He's done an amazing job of carving out his own place in the world in the shadow of one of the greatest distillers that ever lived in his father Jimmy Russell.

An Eddie Russell event is incredibly fun. He's engaging, has great stories and comes across as being so genuine, probably because that's exactly who he is... well, his is that... a living legend in the world of bourbon.
Steve Akley's New Book is On Sale Now!
I'm pleased to announce my new book, Bourbon Assignments is for sale now. This book provides a look at the places I like to go when I visit Kentucky. You get points for doing the things I love to do when I visit. Accumulate the points for completing the "bourbon assignments" and then at the end of 2022, the 10 highest scores will get an invitation to come on The Bourbon Daily podcast to tell us their adventures in bourbon country. Hit the BUY button below to get your copy!
Now Available on Vimeo
Bourbon Reminiscing, our episodic series featuring some of the biggest names in bourbon, is now available to stream on Vimeo. Click here to download or purchase season one today!
Dedicate Yourself to Sensory Skills
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The Cork Pop Champ Shirt
This is the Most ABV Network Thing Ever!
Nothing says the ABV Network like a good old bourbon cork pop. Since day one, September 1, 2016, when our first podcast was released, we've incorporate the cork pop into our bottle openings on the show and it's become one of the signature items associated our company. Show your ABV Network pride as you wear this cork pop t-shirt available only via our partnership with Amazon. Click the BUY NOW button below to get yours!
The ABV Network's Series 3 Coin is In!
The ABV Network's newly released challenge coin celebrates one of the most important contributors to the taste of bourbon, the barrel. The front of the coin features a fiery charring of the barrel and the back has some fun facts about barrels used to age bourbon. This is a limited edition, be sure to get yours today.
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Featured Virtual Bourbon Event
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This is one of those events that should have instantly sold out. It's a fun and unique approach to a whiskey tasting. We're talking blind tastings to three "kind of alike" offerings. This time, the tie is a wheated mash bill. We'll have fun sipping whiskey and trying to guess what we are tasting. 

Learn more, or grab a ticket to this November 10 event by clicking here
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