Master Distiller Eddie Russell, has been crafting incredible whiskies for Wild Turkey since he decided to join the family business in 1981. Celebrating his 35th anniversary, Eddie just unveiled the second limited-edition Bourbon in the Master’s Keep series, Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades
Master’s Keep Decades is made from a blend of Bourbons aged 10 to 20 years in Wild Turkey’s McBrayer Rickhouse. Unlike other wooden rickhouses on the distillery’s property, the McBrayer Rickhouse is located at a lower elevation on the property where the temperature does not fluctuate as much, allowing for a higher proof and deep, bold flavour.
Wild Turkey are pitching this as a great bottle to drink over the Christmas period. So I was looking for rich sweet flavors that pair well with the dried fruits and xmas pudding that appear in abundance around Christmas.
And that’s exactly what I got. 🙂
Straight away you get notes of oak and caramel on the nose, and on taste, the whisky delivers butterscotch, dried fruit, chocolate, and lingers with a smooth, sweet, and spicy finish. Which is exactly what you want after a long lunch full of rich food. You need something that can stand up to those big flavours and finish off a meal.
And from the sounds of it, that’s exactly what Eddie Russell was going for;
“For Master’s Keep Decades, I went all out and used some of the rarest and most precious barrels in our stocks,”
shared Eddie Russell.
“The final product is a whiskey with the finesse and deep character of older Bourbon, anchored by the bold, balanced, and vibrant backbone of younger bourbon. I have to say, this is a whiskey I truly love and I’ll be holding a few bottles back for my personal collection.”
In short, Wild Turkey have done a great job of bringing a well balanced whisky to Australia just in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bourbon lover in your life, I’d really recommend you pick up a bottle of Master’s Keep Decades from Dan Murphy’s where it will retail for $200 for a limited time.