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Wild Turkey Masters Keep 17yr Bottled in Bond

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is spicy and warm with black pepper, a hint of clove, black cherries, toffee, and a subtle hint of campfire smoke in the background. The finish is long and gentle. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s not a bad whiskey, but I feel like I’m missing that Wild Turkey soul. Something is missing from the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bottled In Bond 17 Years and it just doesn’t scream Wild Turkey.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Oak always leads the character of well-aged bourbon, sometimes dominating it, but here the balance is just right.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Let’s face it, there is just something special about hyper aged and well blended bourbon. In today’s market of overpriced and over hyped young bourbon it’s releases like this 17yr Master’s Keep Bottled in Bond that goes to show that there is no substitute for Father Time in creating special whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Compared to the 2015 Master’s Keep, it’s a lot more savory and less fruity-forward and bright — which comes across as a bit of a surprise.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is excellent, but the palate can’t decide what it wants to be - first fruity, then abruptly rolling into an experience of pure tannins. It’s great, but could do better if the palate could sort out what it wants to be, and integrate a bit better.
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  • Intro:

    2020's entry into the Masters Keep series by Wild Turkey brings us a 17 year old bottled in bond bourbon with a hefty price. This is pretty old compared to most bourbon we see on shelves, so its a surprise to see it sold around the $200 mark.

  • Nose:

    Fruity at first, before a wave of oak sweeps in. Bright berry, some sweet vanilla bean, then strong tannins and oak.

  • Taste:

    Sweet on the palate, bright and fruity - truly a surprise for the age. Blackberry, strawberry, some vanilla once more. The fruit makes its way out the exit though, making room for a strong, bitter oak structure to pull through. The palate clearly has a Phase 1 and Phase 2, with a lack of notable integration.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, oaky here with notes of cocoa, praline, some tobacco and pepper.

  • Overall:

    This is excellent, but the palate can’t decide what it wants to be - first fruity, then abruptly rolling into an experience of pure tannins. It’s great, but could do better if the palate could sort out what it wants to be, and integrate a bit better.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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