Wild Turkey "Master's Keep - Decades" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1309261

The second release in the Master's Keep series, the Wild Turkey "Decades" is a marriage of casks aged between 10 to 20 years that, in my opinion, is a huge step up from the previous 17 year old release for a number of reasons. The first: it's bottled at a higher 52% ABV that really adds lift and vigor to the richness and spice of the whiskey. Whereas the 17 year was quite mellow and soft having been aged in a brick warehouse off-site, the Decades is bold and quite lively. Second reason: whereas the 17 year was a marriage of similar casks, the Decades is a marriage of whiskies between 10 - 20 years old, carefully constructed so that the best parts of each barrel highlight one another. Think of this as Wild Turkey's version of the Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition - mature casks, blended with skill to create a whiskey greater than the simple sum of its components. Everything about the Decades tastes fantastic. There's plenty of sweetness, a roundness of fruit, loads of baking spices like clove and cinnamon, and a bold, mouthwatering finish. There's no need to add water, but you can if you like. Perhaps the whiskey's greatest strength is its immediate accessibility and gorgeous bottle, making it the perfect gift for any Bourbon lover. As someone who's tried pretty much every Bourbon in the book, I'm planning on adding the Decades to my collection. But I can just as easily imagine the casual whiskey drinker being absolutely wowed by this. (David Driscoll, K&L Buyer)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2017 | Send Email
It's no secret that I love Wild Turkey. Whether it's the incredible commitment to quality, the wonderful people, the gorgeous new distillery (sentimentality for Old Ripy, the ancient wooden distillery that was demolished recently aside) every part of Wild Turkey resonates with my bourbon esthetic. Of course the real reason we love the Kickin' Chicken is that their whiskey is fabulous. It’s fitting that I sampled Wild Turkey's new Decades release along side the newest the Russell family member to join the WT team, Bruce Russell. The Decades contains the oldest whiskey ever released by WT and is a mile stone for Jimmy, Eddie, and Bruce (should we start saying Brucey?) I met up with Bruce recently to discuss the barrel program and examine the new Decades bottling. After only moments together I knew that the Wild Turkey name would be in good hands for at least one more generation. I look forward to many years of tasting great whisky with this man. He’s got some mighty big shoes to fill, but he certainly seems up to the task. Tasting with Bruce is a please. He’s down to earth and fun, but this whisky is serious as hell. Apparently, when Eddie located these old stocks in some offsite warehouses, squirrelled away for one the Russells’ many experimental projects and likely lost in the shuffle, they had enough old whisky to create a special release right there. Campari only managed to digitize their whisky inventory in 2010 and experimental batches (not different in any way other than their age from the standard WT recipe) are hidden all over Kentucky. The original blend would have been made up of these old casks but for the protests of the one and only Mr. Jimmy Russell. He likes that whisky at 10 years old and felt the older stocks lack the distinctive flavor profile he expected from his bourbon. So they added a bit of 10 year (apparently about as much 10 as 20) to a blend of mostly 14-16 year old whiskies and the “Decades” was born. The result is something wonderfully complex and full of deep dense bourbon spice, a twinge of herbaceous mint and nutty roasted vanilla and plenty of power for those who crave it. A big bold classic WT in a way that last year’s 17 was distinctly not, but offering a glimpse of what this special whiskey does with significantly more age in barrel. Expect Tons of texture at 104 proof and sweet caramel finish to balance out that bold Turkey spice. I'm not at all surprised to love this and I absolutely do!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
This has a complex yet humble nose. It is warm, generous and inviting with a mellow sweetness backed with just the rights amounts of spice on the nose. For being 104 proof it doesn't need any water. That extra hint of heat drives the long finish on this extra fine Bourbon.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
Finding both rare and extremely good bourbon that can be a gift (for you or if necessary someone else) has become a difficult task. Good, aged bourbon is increasingly scarce in the market, and while I love just good everyday bourbon sometimes you need that bottle that will catch the eye and the imagination. Enter the Wild Turkey Decades, the new expression from Master's Keep collection. Essentially this is a blend of carefully selected barrels of older Wild Turkey, the nose is warm, sweet and inviting with vanilla and candy corn notes. The palate shows a soft richness with rising heat and spice from the 104 proof. This bottle showcase the depth and breadth of Wild Turkey that few other places can boast, a supple smoothness that speaks to craft.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
This Bourbon offers what a mature whiskey should. It has concentrated flavors that are subtle and delicate . It is mellow and easy to drink with caramel and honey notes that are harmonious. This Bourbon is about nuance and flavor. What really stands out is the long delicious finish.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
I feel strongly that this Decades bottling from Wild Turkey is the best Bourbon in the store, and I haven't tasted anything this good in a long time. Instead of doing a series of single barrel releases to go after collectors money, Eddie Russell has put together a masterpiece by blending some of the best stuff in the vast Wild Turkey stocks. The synergy of these whiskeys is obvious at first sniff, and I have to pinch myself when I get to taste something this good at work! This has cream, caramel, and a hint of something savory that makes it beguiling to return to. If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable bottle, look no further!

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 52