Wild Turkey has unveiled its latest bourbon release in Australia, Longbranch, which is a collaboration between Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Master Distiller, Eddie Russell.

The rare small-batch Kentucky bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals as the pair looked to create a whisky inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and Texas roots.

Matthew McConaughey has been the brand’s creative director since 2016, working behind the camera and in front of it in television commercials to reintroduce the world to Wild Turkey.

Commenting on the release, Master Distiller Eddie Russell said: “When we were creating Wild Turkey Longbranch, we talked at length about how to make a product that represents elements of both Texas and Kentucky.

“Our goal was to make a straight bourbon whiskey with a soft sweetness that was still unmistakably Wild Turkey. The result was a bourbon that we both truly enjoy drinking neat, and look forward to sharing with others.”

Longbranch is created using two separate charcoal filtration methods; the first filtration process uses charcoal made from American White Oak and the second uses charcoal made from Texas Mesquite wood, giving the bourbon notes of smoky sweetness.

Made with eight-year-old Wild Turkey Bourbon, Longbranch is described as having “a bright gold colour and aroma that is a balanced blend of vanilla and spices”.

Flavour-wise Wild Turkey describes “caramel, pear, and hints of citrus round out the palate and the subtle, smoky finish is buttery smooth, with notes of gentle pepper and toasted oak”.

The bourbon is available now to all retailers.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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