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Friday 20 October 2023

Not your average bourbon whiskey


Master’s Keep Voyage is not your average Wild Turkey release.

Wild Turkey Bourbon this week announced the newest release in the annual limited-edition series of highly sought-after whiskies.

Available in Australia from November 1, the Master’s Keep Voyage was crafted by Master Distiller Eddie Russell in partnership with Dr. Joy Spence, the renowned Master Blender of Appleton Estate rum, combining over 80 combined years of experience in crafting exceptional spirits.

The 106-proof expression of 10-year-old bourbon was finished with a secondary maturation period in Jamaican rum casks, marking the first rum cask finish in Wild Turkey’s history.

This one-off Kentucky Straight bourbon whiskey draws inspiration from the Caribbean island of Jamaica .

“Every year, we look forward to the release of Master’s Keep as an opportunity to rethink what our bourbon can be," says Wild Turkey distiller Russell. “Creating Master’s Keep Voyage in collaboration with Joy was a real privilege and I think our shared passion for telling a story through our spirits comes through in this one-of-a-kind whiskey.”

Master’s Keep Voyage is the latest expression in the award-winning Master’s Keep series. First launched in 2015, the annual release came from Russell’s desire to push the boundaries of traditional bourbon-making by experimenting with aging techniques and finishes.

Spence hand selected some of the finest casks from the iconic Jamaican rum house – casks which previously held 14-year-old pot still rum and would best complement Wild Turkey’s extra-aged bourbons.

The casks were then brought to the Wild Turkey Distilling Co. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where they were filled with Russell’s batch of 10-year-old bourbon.

“With Voyage, we had a very specific taste profile in mind,” said Spence. “We really wanted to explore how the classic notes of rum and bourbon can work in harmony and create a really rich tasting experience for whiskey and rum fans alike.”

Master’s Keep Voyage will be available from November 1 at Dan Murphy’s, First Choice, Liquorland & selected independent retailers for RRP $350.

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