Back in 2010, High West shook up the whiskey world with its Bourye, a blend of straight bourbon and ryes. Before High West came along, a blend of whiskeys meant, well, blended whiskey, a mix of high proof neutral spirit (i.e. vodka) and whiskey that was pretty much always crappy. Of course, many bourbons and ryes were blends of different barrles, or vattings as they used to call them in Scotland, but no one in the modern era had marketed a blend of just straight bourbon and rye. Bourye was quite good and deservedly popular, later spawning Son of Bourye.
Now Wild Turkey is getting into the Bourye game with Forgiven, a blend of straight bourbon and rye whiskeys. Forgiven is composed of 78% six year old bourbon and 22% four year old rye. Oh, and there's a back story about how this whole thing was the result of an accident...blah, blah, blah. For the same story, see Ardbeg Serendipity or, for that matter, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Wild Turkey Forgiven, Batch #302, 45.5% abv ($50)
The nose is really nice with honey, floral notes, and spice, like laying in a spring meadow. The palate has some of those same honey notes along with clove, but then it falls flat and develops a soapy note. The finish has some bitterness on the palate and some nice spice on the nose.
The nose sets up an expectation for a really interesting flavor balance, but the palate doesn't deliver. This surprised me since Wild Turkey makes high quality bourbon and rye, but if you're looking for a bourbon/rye blend, I'd stick with High West. Perhaps Wild Turkey should have gone for a more Eastwoodian name: Unforgiven.
78%, 6-year-old Bourbon and 22% rare, high-proof Rye - See more at: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/08/13/wild-turkey-forgiven/#sthash.M2U0eYi2.dpuf