|Varietal||Kentucky Straight Bourbon|
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A full-bodied and balanced bourbon, at once fresh, sweet, and smoky, with a rich and rounded mouthfeel, Longbranch is a collaborative effort between Wild Turkey American Spirit Master Distiller Eddie Russell and the brand’s Creative Director – award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
Longbranch has been refined using charcoal from both Kentucky white oak and Texan mesquite in a nod to both men’s home states, and the bottle bears the signatures of both Russell and McConaughey in a nod to the spirit in which this bourbon was made – that of friendship and partnership.
Wild Turkey American Spirit is aged in American White Oak barrels with the deepest, No. 4 alligator char. With notes of sweet vanilla, pear, and hints of spice, this bourbon finishes with a flavor that is full and rich, whether enjoyed straight or with a mixer.
Overall it’s very sweet with an interesting mix of key lime and pecan pie. Hints of citrus, leather, and spice are also present. It has a thicker, more full-bodied nose than the normal Wild Turkey 101.
Like the nose, the palate is on the sweet side with generous amounts of caramel, vanilla, orange, and cinnamon present. It also has a really nice balance of rye and corn. Leather and oak notes help balance the palate from some of its sweeter aspects.
There’s not a lot that is obviously unique with this bourbon. Its flavor profile has few surprises and follows the bold, rye-forward Wild Turkey style. What makes the bourbon special is its balance of the flavor spectrum. The corn flavor is offset by the rye spiciness. The sweetness is offset by oak and leather flavors.
Most of Wild Turkey’s special releases and even their Rare Breed are blended bourbons, so between Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel at 110 proof and Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel at 101 proof, this is the closest consumers get to tasting pure right-out-of-the-barrel Wild Turkey bourbon.