Matthew McConaughey to launch bourbon

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has inspired a new bourbon. The actor has teamed up with bosses at the Wild Turkey Distillery to craft small-batch whiskey Longbranch. The whiskey brand’s latest limited release, inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and…

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has inspired a new bourbon.

The actor has teamed up with bosses at the Wild Turkey Distillery to craft small-batch whiskey Longbranch.

The whiskey brand’s latest limited release, inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and Texas roots, is “refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals”.

This launch marks the first time Wild Turkey has unveiled a product that bears a signature of someone other than the Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

The Dallas Buyers Club star has served as the brand’s creative director since 2016.

“Longbranch, in its simplest form, is an extended hand, inviting a friend into your family,” proud McConaughey says of the new bourbon. “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.”

The actor was a big part of the creative process, helping test the new tipple over two years.

“Made with eight-year-old Wild Turkey Bourbon, Wild Turkey Longbranch is an exceptional bourbon with a bright gold color and aroma that is a balanced blend of vanilla and spices,” a press release reads. “Flavors 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.”

Wild Turkey Longbranch will be available in the U.S. in May (18), before hitting markets around the world later this year.

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