Taken with the Spirits: As it courts a new clientele, the Wild Turkey distillery opens a visitor center by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop that pays homage to the landscape that gave birth to bourbon.
Your tour guide, Boomer, doesn’t look like a bourbon snob. Dressed in shorts and a golf shirt, he has a deep ruddy suntan except for a pale mask around his eyes left by the wraparound sunglasses, now perched on his shock of white hair. But—as he leads you through the Wild Turkey distillery in rural Lawrenceburg, Kentucky—he knows his product. “From the Reserve, you’re going to get a lot of vanilla and toffee with a nice oaky finish,” he recites with a practiced tone. A second variety offers “a dry smokiness,” while another, “I use that in my chili,” Boomer announces, switching out of his connoisseur’s affectation. “But the rest of the recipe is a secret.”