Longbranch Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Longbranch Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Wild Turkey

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Closes with a bittersweet back note and mild smoke. Serve neat as the proof is just enough to enjoy as is.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is chewy and thick with good spicy notes of black pepper and allspice balanced by honey, vanilla, and hints of milk chocolate as the spices fade, with a nice touch of charred oak in the background that holds it all together. The finish is long with gently fading spices.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The aroma is sweeter and less oak driven than things like Wild Turkey 101 or any of the Russell’s releases and the palate follows suite with an even denser sweetness than the aroma. There’s also more char and something that almost resembles smoke in that spot between the sip and the finish.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: For its modest proof, it pours a bit hot on the palate, with plenty of oak tannins, making it a nice sipper on the rocks or with water.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It more than holds its own neat, and also worked well in a Toronto cocktail (mixed with aromatic bitters and Fernet). This is a solid whiskey I'll be happy to turn back to repeatedly.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It will be interesting to see if this release connects with bourbon drinkers and if it will become a permanent expression for the company. Wild Turkey may not have reinvented the wheel here but there’s enough to justify its place on the shelf.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All told, Longbranch is cohesive, intriguing, and unique all at once — especially for Wild Turkey, where tradition is way of life. It’s easily my favorite release from them in the last couple of years — and one of the best whiskeys of the year so far. Pick it up immediately.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Not for me. There are some flaws, mostly related to being thin and woody. No thanks.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Wild Turkey, this product is more or less becoming an offshoot under the Campari umbrella, a product more or less designed by Matthew McConaughey to stand independently. It's filtered through Texas Mesquite as well, so it should be unique, if nothing.

  • Nose:

    Brown sugar, orange peel, burnt sugar, toffee. Not super complex, but pleasant.

  • Taste:

    Thin on the palate. Dry, woody, some caramel and clove spice. Bitter.

  • Finish:

    Short finish, harsh with a beat of heat, bitter and dry.

  • Overall:

    Not for me. There are some flaws, mostly related to being thin and woody. No thanks.

  • Score:

    4

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