Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye
Classification: Straight Rye
Company: Campari Group
Distillery: Wild Turkey
Release Date: August 2019
Proof: 109 Proof (Cask Strength)
Age: 9 Years (Press release states a maximum of 11 years)
Mashbill: 52% Rye, 36% Corn, 12% Malted Barley
Color: Reddish Copper
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone is the fourth release in the Master’s Keep series, after the 17 Year Old, Decades, and Revival. Cornerstone is noteworthy as the first rye whiskey that Wild Turkey has released in this series, and is also the company’s longest aged and highest proof rye ever released. The bottle carries a 9 year age statement, however the company press release states it includes whiskey up to 11 years old. 16,000 bottles were produced for the U.S. market.
A sweet and rustic aroma showcases oaky pine, honey, green apple, orange rind, and lemon zest. A quick swirl of the glass increases the richness of these scents, which makes a beautiful impression. This is not your typical rye nose, as it is much more flushed with flavors and complex than you usually find in many ryes on the market.
The sip immediately hits you with a twinge of green apple and cinnamon roll sweetness, before transitioning into a more oak-heavy, slightly minty, and burnt butterscotch affair. It has a satisfying amount of heat that helps elevate the complexity of its flavors and doesn’t simply overpower them. The flavors are enjoyable, but not over the top.
PRODUCT TYPE: Rye Whiskey