45.4% alcohol/Vol 91 Proof
Being a Wild Turkey fan, I was excited to get a bottle of Forgiven. The name alone begs the questions, “What is there to forgive”? As the tale goes, one of the distilling crew accidently mixed some rye into a bourbon batch, then Master Distillery Eddie Russell tasted it and liked it, so the blending mistake was forgiven. This being batch 303 means this mistake has become a tradition, one that I’m glad continues. There are several other distilleries that blend their bourbons and ryes to make specialty blended products. This is one of the few instances where all the whiskey is in house. If you enjoy the other blends this one is worth trying. In our area, this blend is a little harder to find, but still enjoys a lower price point around $50.
It smells of Thanksgiving holiday desserts, with caramel and vanilla topping on some oak toasted pecans dusted with a hint of cinnamon and citrus zest—warm and inviting with some undertones of baking spices.
There is a creamy mouth feel, thick legs that run for a while, and front-end sweetness. The opening flavors follow the dessert flavors of caramel, cinnamon, and orange zest with a cherry on top and a sprinkle of nuttiness. The finish is more akin to the after the meal smoke and drink. It is long dry finish in which the rye is the star of the show accompanied by oak, smoke, caramel and a slight bitterness. The finish is long enough that it lingers in your cheeks and gums with some dry smoky sweetness minutes after the latest taste was taken.