Wild Turkey Longbranch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Oak & Texas Mesquite Charcoal Refined

Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg, KY


6.00/ 10


 3.6/ 10


Age: N/A

ABV:  43% ABV or 86 proof

Price (Oregon State): 750 ML  $39.95

(Value) Our club average value placed on this bottle was $29.00

(Flavors) smoky, salty, savory, anise, sugar, jalapeno, steak, bananas foster, stone, leather, black tea, anise, fig, cherry, cinnamon, brown sugar 

(Notes) I usually start our reviews with something lower ABV and work us up to cask strength. I made a mistake and we reviewed this one last. Compared to the 2 bottles that were cask strength, this didn’t have as much punch.

However, the mesquite flavors really came through in this bottle. It’s hard to drink it and not think about a barbecue. It’s smooth, easy, and packed with complex savory flavors. Yeah, it has Matthew McConaughey’s signature on the label and that’s a little douchey, but it’s a pretty solid whiskey. At $40 a bottle, I think most of us would probably buy something else. I wouldn’t ever turn it down, and I might even order a pour sometime.

As a note, the mesquite that’s described here comes from the grains being dried over burning mesquite wood. This is a normal part of the process but is usually done with oak. The smoke soaks into the grains and gives flavor to the mash that eventually becomes whiskey.

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