Top 20 Whiskies of 2021

#10 • Wild Turkey Master’s Keep One

  • Rank: 10
  • Year: 2021
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $175
  • ABV: 50.5%
  • Style: Straight bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

There’s a father-son dynamic at work between Wild Turkey’s two master distillers on this release—with the patriarch Jimmy Russell preferring 8 to 10 years of aging and son Eddie favoring the older stuff. The final blend thus combines 8 to 10 year old and 14 year old bourbons, and that blend was then finished in a mix of toasted and new charred oak barrels. Refined maturity becomes apparent on the first sip. It’s creamy and well spiced, with flavors of chocolate-covered marshmallow, caramel, cotton candy, and marvelous touches of aged tobacco leaf. This is a big whiskey that carries its age with grace and balance. —David Fleming