We all make mistakes. But some are certainly easier to swallow than others. Case in point: Wild Turkey’s latest release, Master Keep Unforgotten, is a blend of 13-year-old bourbon and 8-year-old rye, which wasn’t meant to be. The event celebrates, which took place at a Lawrenceburg, KY distillery in 2010 when an unnamed employee accidentally empties a group of young people Maize In a tank full of ripeness bourbon. The rest is history.
“Twelve years ago, I tasted a result [that] Unfortunate accident,” second-generation master distiller Eddie Russell recalls. “It was unlike anything I had tasted before, and I knew we had found something special.”
You can only imagine the comfort of the upset crew member at that moment. Expecting to be kicked out of any future in the whiskey industry, they inadvertently created a new line of liquids. It was eventually released to the world, fittingly, as Forgiven.
But for this matter, the blending was very intentional. It includes some of the oldest rye that Wild Turkey has ever released, offering caramel, caraway, and cinnamon in exquisite detail. After carefully blending against older bourbon, the marriage is enhanced by additional aging in previous rye casks, and landing in the bottle at 105 strong proof.
According to Russell, “the extra time of aging in rye casks imparts notes of fresh fruit rarely seen in such ripe liquors.” “First taste begins with a blend of caramel, fruit and sweet oak, before moving on to notes of black pepper and warm baking spices at the end. It honors the rich history of American rye production, while offering a distinct experience that will surely surprise and delight those who consume the liquid.”