Wild Turkey Bourbon & Old Cypress Enthusiasts Rejoice!
In the old days, Wild Turkey Distillery of
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky built their large
fermentation tanks out of virgin growth Cypress.
Cypress was the only wood suitable to hold their
prized ingredients of water, corn, barley, and rye.
These fermented to become the Bourbon “mash”
under exacting conditions and care. Later, they
were aged for years in charred barrels to become
These Cypress tanks were placed into production
circa 1925 and retired in the 1990’s. Of the original
15 tanks, we have the only two that were
salvaged. They were about 15’ high and 15’
diameter, holding 15,000 gallons each. Over the
years, millions of gallons of Wild Turkey Bourbon
were fermented in them; chances are if you drank
their Bourbon, it was processed though these tanks.
We have recovered this beautiful Cypress and offer
it to for your projects. It has wonderful fragrance
and coloring from the grain mash. Sizes range from
1-1/4” to 2-1/2” thick, 4” to 8” wide, and up to 15’
long. It can be milled to a variety of sizes and
patterns. Your wood will come with a certificate of
authenticity by master distiller Jimmy Russell; he’s
been with Wild Turkey since 1954.
Wood, the way it used to be.
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