Review #1728 – Traverse City Whiskey Company Straight Bourbon

The Schtick: Distilled in Traverse City by the Traverse City Whiskey Company with some MGP blended in, this straight bourbon is aged for at least 3 years and follows a fairly standard mashbill. This is the first taste of TCWC’s bourbon I’ve had, despite near yearly excursions to TC, Michigan in the past, so I’m looking forward to it. Batch 017, let’s give it a go.

Review #1728 | Bourbon Review #709

Distiller: Traverse City Whiskey Company

Bottler: Traverse City Whiskey Company

Brand: Traverse City Whiskey Company

Selection: N/A

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Floral, sweet, and enticingly fruity. Melon, honey, vanilla bean, jasmine and some lavender. Really complex, which surprises me, but it’s welcome all the same. Rich creme brulee is very noteworthy as I smell.

Taste: Thin on the palate, but there is lots of flavor here. Slivered almond, some peach, melon and a hint of strawberry. Oak, a bit of caramel and a hint of pepper all join in as well. Lush, lots of sweet, fruity, enticing notes. Yum.

Finish: Medium finish. A hint of ethanol, but there’s some age here that sits nicely. Honey, praline and berry are prominent as it moves on.

Overall: Surprisingly nice for a younger craft product though I expect the MGP is pulling some weight here. I appreciate the complexity of the nose and palate, and the finish ends in a satisfying manner as well. That fruity nose is very enjoyable – like strawberries and cream.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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