Review #906 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep: Revival

Review #906 | Bourbon Review #474 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival

The Schtick: “Master’s Keep Revival is made from a blend of Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon aged 12-15 years before finishing in at least 20-year-old Oloroso Sherry casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller Eddie Russell.” – Wild Turkey’s Website

This looks to be an interesting release, mostly due to old ass Oloroso (say that three times) casks being impossible to find, and also my general wariness towards bourbon (already sweet sweet) being finished in sherry (sweet sweet sweet) barrels. I think if one was to be picked, Oloroso was definitely the right choice, as opposed to PX, or Fino, etc since Oloroso usually brings a lot of leathery, tobacco forward, spicy notes on top of the sweetness.

I’ve been looking forward to this review for some time, so let’s dive in!


Distiller: Wild Turkey

Bottler: Wild Turkey

ABV: 50.5% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Light caramel, nutty butter scotch. Raisin bread. Lightly fruit – figs, almonds, date fruit, currants. Sponge cake, cocoa and vanilla cream.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Vanilla cream, baking spices, sweet raisin bread. Honey, figs, date fruits, apple pie. Some clove, some pepper, musty tobacco. Lots of stewed fruits.

Finish: Short to medium, but no heat. Delightfully rich, amaretto heavy with lots of accompanying fruits, sweet nutty caramel and some cocoa.

Overall: This is really nice. I was very concerned how their sweet base spirit would interact with a dessert wine but the result is really stellar. It marries my favorite things about bourbon with some of my more beloved things about sherry finished scotch. Real nice showing here, very glad to see WT focus on quality over schtick on this one. 

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Other Wild Turkey Expressions I Have Reviewed:


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


Comments

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