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Wild Turkey Decades Bourbon Review

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It delivers beautifully intricate notes of butterscotch, dried fruit, chocolate, and smoke, and lingers with a smooth, sweet, and spicy finish.Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades

  • DISTILLER: Wild Turkey
  • MASH BILL: 75% Corn | 13% Rye | 12% Malted Barley
  • AGE: 10 Years (a mix of 10-20 years-old whiskey)
  • YEAR: 2016
  • PROOF: 104 (52% ABV)
  • MSRP: $150
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine & Cheese Place
NOSE: Caramel  | Mint  | Leather  | Orange Zest  | Oak

TASTE: Vanilla  |  Caramel  | Toasted Oak  | Spices

FINISH: The sustained finish is unmistakably Wild Turkey with a balanced mix of vanilla, caramel, spices and charred oak. There’s even a hint of leather on edge to soften the lingering tannic oak.

SHARE WITH: The key to enjoying and appreciating this bourbon is knowing that it comes from Wild Turkey’s standard distillate. Therefore, I recommend sharing with folks who know this and understand how the same distillate can be bottled differently depending on variables such as age, barrel location, temperature, etc. In other words, someone who knows bourbon and enjoys trying limited expressions of a well-established brand like Wild Turkey. I’d suggest setting up a flight of Wild Turkey expressions with this included to highlight how the nose and taste evolve through the different bottlings.

WORTH THE PRICE: As far as limited MSRPs go these days, $150 is starting to be more common, but it still feels high to me. There’s still a lot of inventory sitting on shelves from previous Wild Turkey limited releases so you might want to wait and see how the market responds if the price is an issue. I like Decades better than Master’s Keep and Diamond so I would probably go ahead and buy at least one bottle as a diehard Wild Turkey fan. Save yourself some money though and see if you can find it a bit cheaper than the MSRP. If you’re local to St. Louis the link above will get you a bottle for about $130.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you’re a die-hard Wild Turkey fan then you’ll be okay grabbing a bottle but try to get a better deal than the MSRP. If you’re not a huge Wild Turkey fan (I’ve heard they exist), I’d suggest sampling this at your local bar before investing the money in bringing home your bottle.

OVERALL:  Wild Turkey Decades is a solid pour in my book. I like it far better than Wild Turkey Diamond and Master’s Keep – both of which I thought were too light in flavor and overly tannic for my preference. Decades does have an okay, tannic finish but it’s a better balance due to more intense flavors on the palate. While this won’t replace Rare Breed or Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel from my everyday line-up, it’s a bottle I won’t hesitate to enjoy with my Wild Turkey loving friends the next time they come over for a visit.

Learn more about Pop’s whiskey preferences and check out more of his reviews…

Disclaimer: Wild Turkey provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

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