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 Kentucky Bourbon.
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 saved. They were about 15’ high and 12’ diameter, holding about 12,000 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. It has wonderful fragrance and coloring from the grain mash. We have recovered this beautiful Cypress and offer it to for your projects.
As of April 2018, only 100 board feet is left! ROUGH board sizes are 2-1/4" thick x 1" to 3" wide. Lengths: random, 2' & longer; specific lengths are available for an extra charge. It can be milled to a variety of sizes and patterns at additional cost. Your wood will come with a certificate of authenticity by master distiller Jimmy Russell; he’s been with Wild Turkey since 1954.