Excerpt: It’s creamy and well-spiced, with flavors of chocolate-covered marshmallow, caramel, cotton candy, and marvelous touches of aged tobacco leaf. This is a big whiskey that carries its age with grace and balance.
Excerpt: A sad note to write, but thankfully with Master's Keep there's always a new chapter written the following year. 2021's Master's Keep was no spectacle, but it was a daring and fun experiment - although perhaps a bit behind the crowd and lacking the charm of better executed releases.
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Distilled by Wild Turkey, this is the 2021 entry into the annual, limited edition, Master's Keep series. A blend of 9 and 10 years barrels married with a small lot of 14yr whiskey, and then finished in toasted barrels. Retailing for around $199, this bottling was released at 101pf, and proved difficult for many to find.
Toasted marshmallow, honey, light oak, sweet buttercream and plenty of on-profile Turkey tones. Sweet almond, black tea, butter cream, spice drops.
Moderate viscosity on the palate, lots of marshmallow filling, sweet tea, black tea, orgeat and soft oak. Sweet here, plenty of sweet oak, honey. Big and sweet up front, turns dark and spicy on the back palate with spice drops, cracked pepper, herbal tea. Oaky and dry on the jawline.
Short finish, dry and oaky. A touch bitter, hella spicy. Interesting and intriguing but it's clear that the big toasted sweetness up front gives rise to flaw and a lack of body and balance on the finish.
A sad note to write, but thankfully with Master's Keep there's always a new chapter written the following year. 2021's Master's Keep was no spectacle, but it was a daring and fun experiment - although perhaps a bit behind the crowd and lacking the charm of better executed releases.
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