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Traverse City Whiskey Company American Cherry Whiskey

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  • Distiller:

    Traverse City Whiskey Company

  • Bottler:

    Traverse City Whiskey Company

  • ABV:

    35%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

Cherry enthusiasts will be thrilled to experience a cherry finished whiskey that doesn't taste like an insulin rush waiting to happen, or a dose of cough syrup. Cherry haters should probably pick up just about anything else. As a cherry lover, this shows great restraint and complexity, but it needs more body to really be an outstanding whiskey.

  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This would be much better if it were racheted up some proof points - the flavors are excellent, but the body is lacking through and through. It's not bad, but boy is it meek. If you don't like cherries, avoid. If you love cherries, give it a go.
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  • Raided Score: 50
  • Publication: Whisky Monster
  • Excerpt: I have never been a fan of flavored whiskey. Also I am not into red fruit flavored spirits. I find them intense, overshadowing every taste bud I have.
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  • Raided Score: 65
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I wouldn’t buy this, but I’d give it to someone who doesn’t drink whiskey, and who really, really loves cherry.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: A little cherry goes a long way. For me, it just goes too far here.
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  • Synopsis:

    Cherry enthusiasts will be thrilled to experience a cherry finished whiskey that doesn't taste like an insulin rush waiting to happen, or a dose of cough syrup. Cherry haters should probably pick up just about anything else. As a cherry lover, this shows great restraint and complexity, but it needs more body to really be an outstanding whiskey.

  • Intro:

    Distilled in Michigan with some Indiana bourbon blended in, this release from TCWC features their bourbon aqed on Montmorency cherries. It's obviously now invalidated as a bourbon, since its bottled at 35% ABV but it's not produced to be a liqueur. Let's give this a go.

  • Nose:

    Bright, and powerfully cherry forward. Massive cherry influence that is undeniably Montmorency. As someone who really happens to like Montmorency cherries, this is a big plus. It's very much cherry first, bourbon second, though no criminal cough syrup notes arise.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel, some honey, toffee, cherry, and a hint of oak. Really thin palate. No must, but also not a lot of body. The flavors are pleasant, but the mouth feel is unimpressive.

  • Finish:

    Short finish, though loaded with flavor. Cherry dominates the finish, though it's not cloyingly sweet. It's not really sweet at all, actually, which is a welcome change.

  • Overall:

    This would be much better if it were racheted up some proof points - the flavors are excellent, but the body is lacking through and through. It's not bad, but boy is it meek. If you don't like cherries, avoid. If you love cherries, give it a go.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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