Eddie Russell, the Master Distiller of Wild Turkey, comes to Sydney to host a trade masterclass and a media dinner at Stanton & Co in Rosebery for the launch of Wild Turkey Longbranch.
The evening consisted of a meal where every course served was paired with a specially curated Longbranch cocktail.
Wild Turkey Longbranch (40% ABV) is an eight year old Wild Turkey, consisting of 75 percent corn, 13 percent rye and 10 percent malted barley. The bourbon undergoes two charcoal filtration methods, the first using charcoal from American white oak, and the other uses charcoal from Texas Mesquite wood (commonly used for smoking meats) which gives the bourbon its signature notes of subtle wood smoke. It is gold in colour and has caramel, pear, and citrus notes with hints of pepper, toasted oak, hazelnuts and a signature subtle smoke finish. It stands up well in classic cocktails and is good to sip neat or on ice.
Wild Turkey Longbranch was made in collaboration between Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who has served as the brand’s creative director since 2016, and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. It is the first time that a Wild Turkey bourbon bears the signature of someone other than Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. By the way, Jimmy is Eddie’s dad, and between the two of them there is over 100 years worth of shared knowledge and experience in making bourbon.
The name, Longbranch, was chosen by McConaughey as a sign of appreciation to Wild Turkey extending a long branch out to him and treating him as family.
At the event, Eddie Russell talked about how McConaughey wanted to create a Kentucky whiskey that was inspired by his Texan roots. The two were sharing notes and tasting samples until McConaughey called him at 4am one morning excited about a sample he had just tasted. That sample is Wild Turkey Longbranch and is the Oscar winner’s own special release.
The Longbranch cocktails tasted at the event consisted of: Longbranch Plumwood Old Fashioned which was served with soy truffle oysters & chorizo corn dog; Longbranch neat which was paired with chicken liver parfait, jamon, guindillas; Longbranch Citrus Highball which came with tuna tartare barley miso; Longbranch Manhattan which was served with rubbed smoked St Louis spare ribs; and Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 1894 neat which was matched with white chocolate textures.
For more information about Wild Turkey Longbranch, go to: https://wildturkeybourbon.com/product/wild-turkey-longbranch/