The latest release from the Master’s Keep collection, Wild Turkey 17 Year Bottled in Bond has started to be distributed throughout the United States. A picture surfaced today on social media of a few lucky consumers holding that beautiful blue Wild Turkey Master’s Keep box. Word has already begun to spread as I have seen a few posting from bourbon enthusiasts “in search of” the latest release.
The brand new Wild Turkey 17 Year Bottled in Bond bourbon is the fifth offering to come out of the Master’s Keep collection. This will also be the second time that a 17 year old bourbon is released as a Master’s Keep offering. The first release, just named “Master’s Keep,” was a 17 year bourbon aged in stone and wooden warehouses. This bottled in bond offering will contain Wild Turkey’s signature bourbon recipe, containing 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley. Rumors have surfaced that this release will be from juice aged in the Camp Nelson rick houses. If that is the case, there will be a huge demand for this release given all of the hype and “cult” following behind Russell’s Reserve picks coming out of Camp Nelson. Being bottled in bond, this bourbon is bottled at 100 proof and has an MSRP of $159.99. Tasting notes from the distillery include hints of dark cherries, vanilla, toasted oats, spice and hints of smoke.
Distribution footprint is still unknown, but the two images I have found thus far have come out of North Carolina. Rumor has it the entire state is only receiving 360 bottles if that tells you anything about the potential allocation. As far as limited editions go, Master’s Keep bottles seem to be some of the “more attainable” releases. I have actually seen a few on shelves local to me months after the initial release. Don’t get me wrong, they are not easy to find, you just have to look in the right places. This 17 year bottled in bond was one of the New Bourbon Releases of 2020 I was most excited for. I personally love the Wild Turkey’s flavor profile, so I am anticipating this whiskey will be phenomenal to me.
Are you all as excited about this new release as I am? Will you be actively seeking this out, or just stick with the old reliable Wild Turkey 101?