Bond and Lillard Bourbon is one of the first two releases from Campari in their new Whiskey Barons releases whose purpose is to pay homage to the brands and people who helped build the bourbon category into what it is today.
Bond and Lillard Bourbon is was first made in 1869 when William Bond partnered with C.C. Lillard; the whiskey in these bottles was distilled at Wild Turkey. However, according to some info from Bourbon and Banter “…this is not a Wild Turkey product. It is being distilled at the Wild Turkey Distillery, but Jimmy and Eddie haven’t been involved.”
The charcoal filtration of the Bond and Lillard Bourbon is definitely unique in the Wild Turkey world, but outside of that what makes it unique is how they went about creating the aroma and flavor profile for this release which involves notes from 1904.
The original Bond and Lillard bourbon took the Grand Prize at the St.Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and those records still exits. The folks at Campari got ahold of the judges tasting notes from that 1904 victory and built the bourbon around them. Now on to the Bond and Lillard Bourbon review to see how that turned out.