Wild Turkey Longbranch
Updated: May 23
Age Statement: 7 Years
Alright, alright, alright! Sorry, I couldn't resist. That joke makes way more sense if you know that Matthew McConaughey worked with Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey to create Longbranch. It is no secret, if you've tasted it, that they favored mesquite wood in the process since that is McConaughey's favorite wood to grill with.
I have had "celebrity" whiskey before and for the most part, I can see why they need the celebrity to push the product. I have always enjoyed Wild Turkey products, so I was very excited to give this a try. I got a chance to originally try this at the distillery, where I also met bourbon legend, Jimmy Russell. Maybe my excitement and my fanboy moment led me to have a better tasting experience with this bourbon. I am excited to go back and give this bottle a fair review and see if it lives up to the quality of the other Wild Turkey products.
Also, thanks to "Pops" for providing this bottle! Cheers!
The first thing that I notice is how approachable the nose is. I immediately checked the proof and realized it's only 43% ABV. I think it brings a smokiness that isn't as common in bourbon. There is a spiciness to it that I believe I pick up in other Wild Turkey products. I have never had caramel syrup before but if I had, I'm sure it would smell like this. The fact that there is so much depth on the nose, is pretty impressive given the proof.
The first thing that comes through on the palate for me is the spice. That is followed by some char and toasted notes. On the back end, I am picking up sweeter notes such as honey and syrup. I can taste the typical bourbon flavors such as caramel, vanilla, corn, and spice but there's something about this bourbon that takes those same flavors in a different direction.
The proof may not have come through on the nose but it definitely showed up on the finish. The finish isn't long but you still get a gentle "Kentucky Hug".
Due to the uniqueness of this bottle, I would recommend trying it first. However, at this price-point, it might not be a bad idea to just grab a bottle for your bar and give it a shot! Cheers!