Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Distillery: Wild Turkey
Age: Blend of 12-15 yr old bourbons
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
BACKGROUND: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival is the third release in the Master’s Keep series, after the 17 yr original and Decades. Revival is a nod to Jimmy Russell’s limited-release Wild Turkey Sherry Signature in early 2000. Revival, like Sherry Signature, is a bourbon finished in an Oloroso sherry casks. Unlike many sherry cask finished whiskeys that generally use barrels that held sherry for single digit years, the ones Eddie sourced, much like his father did, held sherry for 20 years. A total of 1,600 cases of Revival were produced.
NOSE: Toasted Brown sugar, cherries, hints of spice and light oak nose. We definitely got the sherry sweetness as well in the nose. I could smell this all day everyday (24/25)
PALATE: Rye spice is immediately prominent and powerful that trails off to some wonderful notes of dried fruit, cherries, oak, tannins, and warm caramel. It has a rich mouthfeel that coats your entire mouth with a chewiness to it. (37/40)
FINISH: The finish is long and buttery with some smooth oak and dried fruits. (23/25)
VALUE: The Master's Keep collection has an SRP that is quite high at $150. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a great finished bourbon but it’s slightly high. I think $100 is perfect for this. (7/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: In our opinion many finished bourbons are overly flavored in the finished barrel but this one was spot on. Great job by Wild Turkey! It has a perfect balance of rye spice, sherry sweetness, and aged oak. This was fantastic and I’m really glad I have a bottle.
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea