In honor of 60 outstanding years of service, Jimmy Russell is getting some well deserved love in this fitting tribute of select barrels of old reserves ranging from 13-16 years in age, chosen and blended by his son Eddie. Find out why this has become one of the quintessential American Whiskies in the world.
Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 89
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary is a blend of 13 to 16 year old whiskeys, the barrels hand-selected by Eddie Russell. Immediately off the bat, it’s one of the gentlest whiskeys we’ve ever had from WT. The nose is fruity, with caramel apples, chocolate-covered orange slices, and hints of spearmint. Over time, the wood of the barrel starts to come through on the nose, but it’s never overbearing, and much less punchy than you’d expect from a Bourbon of this age.
The body is creamy, its proof level adjusted to just the right place where you could sip on it all night without reaching for the water but still never get bored. Lots going on here, but not too much. What arises here is more dessert-like, including notes of salted caramel, chocolate chip ice cream, and apple pie. Lightly woody on the finish, it is incredibly hard to put down. Sip after sip found us uncorking the bottle and sampling it again, just to see what we might have missed.