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Drink Review: Wild Turkey Longbranch

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 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 mens’ 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 Longbranch Review:

Nose: Vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a pinch of spice.

Vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a pinch of spice. Palate : Thick and rich, and the rich, sweet syrupy notes are backed up with a rich and robust body and creamy texture.

Thick and rich, and the rich, sweet syrupy notes are backed up with a rich and robust body and creamy texture. Finish: Long and lingering.

A great bourbon with a bold, well-balanced and very attractive front palate.

This is one my favourite bourbons so far. It’s a great blend of the front palate (vanilla, spice) with a thick and smoky finish. Everything fits together really well, and the finish is long and delicious.

If you’re looking for something interesting and different to try out, Longbranch is an excellent place to start. Recommended.

Wild Turkey Longbranch Review:

Wild Turkey Longbranch Limited Edition Longbranch is a bit of a mash-up. It has the smokey quality of a Wild Turkey 101 and the syrup-sweet character of a Wild Turkey Rare Breed. It’s complex, but that complexity is balanced by a soft core. A good bourbon needs both sweetness and spice, and Longbranch really satisfies all of these requirements.

A great blend of the front palate (vanilla, spice) with the smoky and rich finish.

No wonder Longbranch is such a hit with the tasters. It’s a delicious drink, and it puts the Wild Turkey bourbon into a comfortable position for people who like to mix things up.

Wild Turkey Longbranch Review:

If you’re looking for something interesting and different to try out, Longbranch is an excellent place to start. Recommended.

Impressive and fruity nose, with tobacco, nutmeg, and dark chocolate. The palate is rich, sweet, and sweet-hot. There are dominant chocolate-flavoured notes on the palate, which contrast with the sweet fruit, spice, and smoky-woody flavours on the mid-palate. The crisp and dry finish is a nice balance.

Tasted blind, I would pick the Wild Turkey bourbon as the winner by a nose. It’s a more complex and interesting enough blend that the 84 Miller’s Crossing makes it a good option for those looking to mix things up, but it’s not quite complex enough to stress my confidence in its final stats.

I had a bottle of Wild Turkey Longbranch on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum the other week and was impressed by how it stood up to the challenge. Although it was initially a little too sweet and a little too bitter, after being open for some time the bitterness had played its part and I had to try the wide glass before continuing on to sample the other Whiskies. Wild Turkey Longbranch is one for me.

Wild Turkey Longbranch Review:

Longbranch is in good bourbon company, and we even like it better than the Select Barrel bourbon, which despite all its good qualities was a little too fruity for us.

At this price, the Longbranch is a must have. This is an incredible bourbon, probably one of the best out there, and tastes suspiciously like something better. At this price, Wild Turkey has really hit their stride. Highly recommended.

Wild Turkey Longbranch has a wonderful spicy, nutty and toasted palate. The finish is a warm, Christmas pudding spice.

Wild Turkey Longbranch Review:

Marchy and I were discussing the Wild Turkey Bourbon range the other day and I was struck by the similarity in flavours between the Bronze product and Longbranch and the other whiskies in the range. For most people I suspect we would say that Longbranch was the best of the group. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Longbranch is a little sweeter and a little fruitier than the Bronze, and is definitely a better value. Longbranch is not without flaws, though, particularly a tendency to bite and a one-dimensional nose.

Written by Mark Adams

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