Wild Turkey Longbranch
Back on the American Whiskey today with an absolute banger. Longbranch, the latest addition to the Wild Turkey range.
From what I know this will be a permanent expression. the legend Matthew McConaughey is now the “face” of Wild Turkey and to celebrate this Mathew and Eddie have put the minds together to come up with this dram linking into their own history.
The thing that makes this expression so different from the rest of the range isn’t how its aged, but what they do before bottling. The mash bill is 75% Corn, 13% Rye and 12% Malted barley, then aged for around 8 years and then, (the important bit) it's “refined” with Texas mesquite and oak charcoals, to represent the Wild Turkey brand branching out to Texas, the birthplace of Mathew McConaughey.
Anyway to the liquid!
Overall this is a tasty dram, initially the nose just smells like a well known Tennessee whiskey (“cough” JD “cough”) this is due to the “refining” method, but when you get past that and just drink it and think of it as its own thing, damn its good. Completely different to the rest of the Wild Turkey range.
It's always good to see big brands thinking outside the box and trying something new. Longbranch isn’t available in the UK yet, when it is I'll be buying another bottle. Its “Alright Alright Alright” (Sorry)
Its sweet, with classic dill notes, pecan and cinnamon spice alongside all the classic vanilla and candied corn
Straight in with a burnt caramel sweetness and bitter vanilla, flowed by sweet candied apples, cotton candy and toasted citrus zests, with a hint of popcorn
Nice length on the finish, charcoal smoke forward, with cinnamon and vanilla spice ending with lingering fairground candies and white pepper.