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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Review (Complete Guide)

Last updated Oct 23, 2020 | Published on Oct 18, 2020

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by Matty Sims

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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep is an underappreciated limited release from Wild Turkey. Each year has demonstrated the Russell’s skill as master distillers and shown how they could innovate with different blends, grains, and requirements like Bottled in Bond.

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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bottled in Bond 17-Year (2020) Review

Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Year

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bottled in Bond 17-YearDetails
ProductionBottled in Bond
Age17 Year Old Bourbo
Proof100°
ABV50%
Price$175
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery
ProsGreat Dusty Funk, Superb from Start to Finish
ConsNone
Rating97 Points
InventoryBuy and Stock

Glass

Thick and oily. Long legs run down my tasting glass.

Nose – 98 Points

Wild Turkey Bottled in Bond 17 Years opens with a hint of sweetness. Let’s call it fresh spring honey rounded out by mild rye spice. Imagine eating rye bread toasted and spread with butter and honey. But then the star shows up. It has a delightful dusty note like a musty library filled with old leather bound books that have been poured over while its reader enjoyed its pages with a pipe or robust cigar. It’s a masterful nose.

Taste – 98 Points

This Master’s Keep keeps the surprises coming. It offers a creamy front of the palate on the tip of the tongue that splits either side with bright citrus. That creaminess transitions into burnt confection and charred baking spices down the top of the palate seamlessly transitioning into a solid finish. All of these notes are held in harmony by the musty leather that shows up through out the palate. This is liquid jazz.

Finish – 96 Points

This aged bourbon has a medium to long finish. The finish starts off quiet but rolls into oak and charred baking spice (particularly cinnamon). The musty leather shows up straight down the back of your throat.

Verdict – Gold 97 Points

For me, a truly great whiskey paints a picture. You drink it and memories flood your mind — people, places, things, and words. That is the sign that the whiskey was crafted by a master with care.

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Years is that kind of composition. What I truly love about this release is the dusty funk that’s found through out the experience. I shared this with two fellow whiskey loving friends who immediately identified that note as well. It was a rare experience of enjoying something one of a kind and beautiful with friends.

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye (2019) Review

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone RyeDetails
ProductionStraight Rye
Mash Bill52% Rye, 36% Corn, 12% Malted Barley
Age9 Years
Proof109° Cask Strength
ABV54.5%
Price$175
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery

Read: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone (2019)

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival (2018) Review

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep RevivalDetails
ProductionStraight Bourbon
Mash Bill75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
AgeContains bourbon between 12-15 years
Proof101°
ABV50.5%
Price$150
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery

Read: Rare Breed’s Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival (2018)

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades (2017) Review

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep DecadesDetails
ProductionStraight Bourbon
Mash Bill75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
AgeBlend of bourbons aged 10 - 20 Years
Proof104°
ABV52%
Price$150
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery

Read: Rare Breed’s Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades (Batch 0002, 2017)

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17-Year (2015) Review

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17-YearDetails
ProductionStraight Bourbon
Mash Bill75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Age17 Year Old Bourbon
Proof86.8°
ABV43.4%
Price$150
DistilleryWild Turkey Distillery

Read: Rare Breed’s Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17-Year (2015)

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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