A master distiller is in Dayton today: it’s a National Bourbon Day miracle

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A group with Dayton's Century Bar gets lesson on the the The Chemistry Behind Bourbon at Buffalo Trace. Video by Amelia Robinson

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One of the world’s leading experts on bourbon will be in Dayton tonight, June 14.

And it just happens to be National Bourbon Day.

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Joseph Head, the co-owner of The Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton, said Jimmy Russell, a master distiller at Wild Turkey, will be at the bar for a 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet.

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Head said Russell will exceed expectations.

“It’s an opportunity for the very loyal bourbon lovers of Dayton to meet a true gentlemen and a legend,” he said.

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From Wild Turkey’s website: 

"Over the past 60 years, Jimmy has been responsible for the launches of a number of new Wild Turkey brands and expressions, such as Tradition, Tribute, 17-year-old Wild Turkey for Japan, Rare Breed, American Spirit, Kentucky Spirit and Russell's Reserve, which he co-created with his son and distilling partner Eddie Russell. Jimmy broke new ground in 1976 with the first honeyed Bourbon, at the time called Wild Turkey Liqueur. Today, fans know the evolution of that product as American Honey. Jimmy is also responsible for making sure the legacy of Wild Turkey stays intact; overseeing the production of Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey's flagship brand. While waxing poetic about "aging techniques" and "grain selection," you can often find Jimmy enjoying his beloved Bourbon neat or with a touch of branch water."

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The Century Bar has consistently been among the most celebrated bourbon bars in the nation.

In January, the website TastingTable.com in declared the bar "a world-class whiskey joint" and "the Midwest's best-kept boozy secret."

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In 2015, "The Bourbon Review," an industry publication, named Century to its list of "America's 75 Best Bourbon Bars."

That publication honored the bar as one of “America’s 60 Best Bourbon Bars” in 2014.

Men's Journal magazine's website proclaimed the Century one of the "10 Best Bourbon Bars in America" in 2015 and 2014.

It also made travelandleisure.com's 15 best bourbon bars in America in 2014.

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