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Wild Turkey Master Distillers to Visit Virginia ABC Stores, Autograph Bottles in Northern Virginia

February 25, 2016

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Valerie Hubbard - (804) 204-2327
Email: valerie.hubbard@abc.virginia.gov

Wild Turkey Master Distillers to Visit Virginia ABC Stores, Autograph Bottles in Northern Virginia

Wild Turkey Master Distillers and father-son duo Jimmy and Eddie Russell will offer samples of Wild Turkey bourbon and sign bottles from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in Leesburg and Manassas.

After 60 years at the helm of Wild Turkey, Jimmy Russell—sometimes referred to as the “Buddha of bourbon”— is the longest-tenured, active master distiller in the world. His son, Eddie Russell, who joined the distillery in 1981 as the fourth generation of the Russell family to work at the Lawrenceburg, Ky., distillery, began as a relief operator before eventually joining his father as a master distiller.

The pair collaborated to create Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old, the distillery’s award-winning small batch bourbon. A year after being inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2010, the younger Russell crafted the distillery’s 81 proof bourbon. Virginia ABC carries 15 different Wild Turkey products.

Jimmy Russell will autograph bottles and offer samples at Virginia ABC’s premier store at 210 Fort Evans Road, N.E. in Leesburg. His son, Eddie, will sign bottles and offer samples of Wild Turkey products at Virginia ABC’s store located at 8095 Sudley Road in Westgate Plaza Shopping Center in Manassas.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 357 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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