Wild Turkey Unveils 2022 Master’s Keep, Unforgotten

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Unforgotten whiskey rye bourbon
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Unforgotten.

Bourbon Hunting Season 2022 continues with Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Unforgotten.

The newest release in this annual limited-edition series was inspired by a previously bottled expression, Wild Turkey Forgiven.

The idea to marry straight bourbon and rye at Wild Turkey came about in 2010, when a crew member accidentally mixed a batch of young rye with a barrel of mature bourbon, the company says. Rather than discard the mistake, the distillery bottled it, with the fitting name Forgiven.

 “Twelve years ago, I tasted the result of the distillery mishap that would become Wild Turkey Forgiven and was amazed,” says Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. “It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, and I knew we had stumbled upon something special.”

“Master’s Keep Unforgotten pays homage to this happy accident,” he adds, “perfected with a secondary rye barrel aging in our pre-prohibition Rickhouse B — the favorite of my father, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell.”  

At 105 proof, Master’s Keep Unforgotten contains some of the oldest rye ever released by Wild Turkey. The new whiskey combines 8- and 9-year-old rye with 13-year-old bourbon.

The nose is fruit-forward with notes of caramel and oak, the company reports. On the palate, the flavor profile consists of caramel, dried fruit and sweet oak — complemented by notes of dried fruit, honey, black pepper and baking spice from the ryes on the finish.   

With a suggested retail price of $200 per 750-ml. bottle, Master’s Keep Unforgotten is available for a limited time at select retailers.


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