“It’s got a great color, that good, bright (color), which means it should still be a good-tasting product. When it stays that same color all those years you know it’s well-made, been aged well.”
Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell, evaluating a bottle of Old Barbee distilled in 1901 at the request of Herald-Leader columnist Tom Ebelen, who had received the pint as a gift 25 years ago. Ebelen’s wife’s great-grandfather was once president of the now-defunct Woodford County distillery, which was located just two miles from Wild Turkey. The columnist decided to open the bottle a few weeks ago. Read about the result here.