Spirits of the Season 2013: Wild Turkey's 'Forgiven' top pick for new spirit

Spirits of the Season 2013 will bring you the hottest new recipes, spirits and wines from the coolest distilleries, vineyards, restaurants and bars all across the globe!

Hands down, our favorite new spirit of 2013 is Wild Turkey's Forgiven, a limited edition "mistake" in an elegant bottle that netted an almost cognac-like experience when sipped neat. It's both sweet and savory, ultra smooth and packs a complex aftertaste where the love that went into it dances in your mouth. I would even compare this spirit to The Balvenie's Double Wood 18 year-old scotch, it's that unusual and impressive. It would be a sin to mix this with anything.

The backstory on 'Forgiven' is one for the books. Wild Turkey® Bourbon Distillery crew unwittingly mingled very rare, high-proof Rye with perfectly-aged Bourbon. The result is Wild Turkey Forgiven, the first nationally-available, 91-proof, small-batch Bourbon and Rye whiskey that is perfect neat or on the rocks. I hope they keep making it!

Wild Turkey Associate Master Distiller Eddie Russell realized that he had an exceptional whiskey more than worthy of bringing to market, hence the name “Forgiven.” Made from 78 percent 6-year-old Bourbon and 22 percent 4-year-old Rye, the whiskey opens bold and finishes smooth, with tasting notes of creamy vanilla and oak, and a peppery, cinnamon finish.

“Wild Turkey is known for its uncompromised quality and taste in every Bourbon and Rye expression we make,” said Eddie Russell. “Much to the distillery team’s relief, Forgiven highlights the best of both worlds to create a one-of-a-kind taste that will appeal to both Bourbon and Rye aficionados. I was mad when I first discovered our crew’s mistake, but once I tasted it, all was Forgiven.”

Like all Wild Turkey Bourbons, Forgiven is born from a natural aging process using American oak barrels with the deepest number 4 or “alligator” char that is used to age every Wild Turkey Bourbon and Rye. Forgiven joins a growing product line-up that features flagship Wild Turkey Bourbon 81 and 101, Wild Turkey Rye, Rare Breed®, Kentucky Spirit®, American Honey® and Russell’s Reserve®.

“The Rye category is experiencing explosive growth right now, up 44 percent in the most recent Nielsen figures, with bartenders across the country populating their cocktail menus with this spicy spirit,” said Andrew Floor, Group Brand Director, Wild Turkey. “As both the Bourbon and Rye categories continue to witness broad expansion worldwide, Wild Turkey will maintain its commitment to creating high-quality products that have been the brand’s signature for more than 100 years, while exploring new and interesting whiskies that appeal to bartenders and consumers alike.”

Wild Turkey Forgiven is a bona fide steal at the suggested retail price of $49.99. www.WildTurkeyBourbon.com, and Twitter @WildTurkey.


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