Meet me in Kentucky Credit: Matthew McConaughey
Meet me in Kentucky
Credit: Matthew McConaughey

Wild at heart: Matthew McConaughey’s other creative outlet

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All right, all right, all right. Matthew McConaughey brought us eternal adolescent David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, chest-thumping banker Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street—and now, stoner poet Moondog in The Beach Bum. He’s also been busy making whiskey with Wild Turkey Distillery.

The Kentucky bourbon producer hired McConaughey as its creative director back in 2016, Fortune reports. He crafted Wild Turkey Longbranch, a small-batch offering that spent eight years in charred American oak before filtering through Texas mesquite and oak charcoal, with master distiller Eddie Russell.

The Whiskey Wash’s Sarah Coppola gives Longbranch, which goes for about $35,* a 4 out of 5. “The taste of caramel apples is quickly dominated with spicy, slightly peppery heat and a subtle smokiness, a hint of char and oak, a touch of under-ripe stone fruit in the aftertaste and a nice acidity to balance things out overall,” she says. “Start to finish, there’s a pleasant enveloping warmth that is smooth and soothes going down.” Wooderson would approve.

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