- 86.8 Proof
- Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
- MSRP: $150
Let me preface this review by saying if you are expecting a 17 year old aged bourbon to knock you off of your feet with strong tastes then this is not the bourbon for you, this bourbon despite its age for some reason is all about subtle flavors. I am not making a value judgement whether that is good or bad, that is for each individual palate to decide, what I will say is that I was very surprised when I took my first sips of this bourbon, wasn’t what I was expecting.
I would say it has a traditional nose, mixtures of wood, caramel, slight hints of cherry, caramel and vanilla.
As for the palate, its dry, sweet, caramel to start with but some spice and pepper in the finish and a touch of fruit at the very end. This is such a light tasting bourbon that in my opinion this bourbon should be drunk straight no ice or water to dilute the flavors. This is not, sadly in my palates opinion, a complex bourbon, so any dilution really takes away greatly from the drink.
Considering the price point on this, you may very well want to find a friend or a local tavern that has this to pour before investing into a bottle for $150, I am not saying that the Masters Keep is bad but I think it has a lot of stiff competition at the $80 and above price point.