The Schtick: Poured from bottle 522 out of 525, this is the first release of of Traverse City’s Cherry Whiskey dialed up to barrel proof – or rather, not dialed down. You get the picture. A straight bourbon distilled at Traverse City Whiskey Company that is infused with Montmorency Cherries. This release is bottled at barrel proof, and was a limited release from the distillery only, during Traverse City’s Cherry Festival. Let’s dive in.
Distiller: Traverse City Whiskey Company
Bottler: Traverse City Whiskey Company
Brand: Traverse City Whiskey Company
ABV: 55.1% ABV
Nose: Roch caramel and fudge on the nose, with layers of cherry, waffle cone and angel food cake. A hint of oak ties things together, and keeps the sweetness in check. Most important to note, the cherry is present but by no means bold or overbearing.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, a hint of ethanol. Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted almond and cherry pie. Not syrupy cherry, or artificial cherry, rich cherry cordial candies, with waffle cone. Light vanilla. Faint oak, does taste a hair young.
Finish: Medium to long finish, lots of pleasant cocoa, toffee and some oak. Cherry is present but well integrated, and there’s no cloying sweetness to be seen or heard from which is an excellent choice from TCWC.
Overall: This could have easily been a fake, fruity, cloying liqueur-esque release and it shunned each of those risks in a great execution of oak, cherry, rich caramel and a hint of cocoa. I appreciate what went into making this, and the risks that TCWC took in releasing this. While it isn’t my favorite finished bourbon in the world, the execution demands applause and there’s no denying it’s well made.
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