Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey® Master Distiller have collaborated to launch Wild Turkey Longbranch, a new bourbon inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and Texas roots. The rare small-batch Kentucky bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals – a unique method that deepens the flavour and complexity of the whiskey.
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.
The name is inspired by the friends that form the longest branches of our family trees. Commenting on the meaning behind Longbranch Matthew McConaughey says, “Longbranch, in its simplest form, is an extended hand, inviting a friend into your family,” McConaughey says. “So the branch that was extended to me from the Russells was a long one, one that reached from Kentucky to Texas and back again. I offered the Mesquite from my great state to add to their legendary Kentucky whiskey and together we made Longbranch.”
To create Longbranch’s signature flavour, McConaughey and Russell spent countless hours sharing notes, then perfected a unique process that combines two separate charcoal filtration methods to give Longbranch a smooth and full finish. 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 an exceptional bourbon with a bright gold colour and aroma that is a balanced blend of vanilla and spices. Flavours of caramel, pear, and hints of citrus round out the palate. The subtle, smoky finish is buttery smooth, with notes of gentle pepper and toasted oak.
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.”