In 2007, The U.S. Senate designated the month of September, through resolution, as ‘National Bourbon Heritage month’ reinforcing bourbon as ‘America’s native spirit’ and recognizing its heritage and tradition and its place in the history of the United States. To coincide with the resolution Wild Turkey’s Master Distiller Jimmy Russell released a limited edition 15 year old bourbon called ‘American Spirit”. Also to commemorate the occasion ‘American Spirit’ was ‘Bottled in Bond” 100 proof, 50% alcohol by volume.
In 1897 Secretary of the Treasury, John G. Carlisle passed the ‘Bottled in Bond’ act to protect legitimate distillers and consumers from the acts of unscrupulous profiteers who would alter whiskey with ingredients like iodine and tobacco in order to alter its color and flavor. The act would essentially guarantee any whiskey that was produced and warehoused under government supervision. It would be aged for four years and bottled at 100 proof, 50% alcohol by volume. It wasn’t long before consumers were seeking out bonded whiskey, as it became known as the ‘good stuff’. Jimmy Russell said the bonded mark became ”The customers guarantee of quality and the distiller’s guarantee that his product was in the bottle”.
Presented in an attractive wooden collectors box and a square shouldered 750ml bottle with a gold medallion on the front, Wild Turkey American Spirit is deep amber in color. A big oak appearance on the nose followed by notes of vanilla and nougat. Tasting produces a puckering rye spice in the front, which gives way to leather, toffee and corn cereal. A fairly long and dry finish with wood making another appearance in the form of cedar and then figs. This is a big bourbon intended for grown-ups. Sip this neat during a quiet moment on the day of your daughters wedding or on the signing of that big business deal.
Wild Turkey American Spirit won ‘Best Worldwide Whiskey’ in 2008 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. Limited to 24,000 bottles worldwide with just 12,000 in the United States you should secure your bottle now before it’s gone. For those in the Nashville Area try Frugal MacDoogal Wine and Liquor warehouse or Cool Springs Wines and Spirits where it is available at time of writing for around $90-100 dollars.