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Traverse City Whiskey Company Barrel Proof Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Traverse City Whiskey Company

  • Bottler:

    Traverse City Whiskey Company

  • ABV:

    58.3%

  • Age:

    4 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

Sleeper bourbon is a phrase all too often misused these days but it's a perfect label for Traverse City Whiskey Company's Barrel Proof bourbon. This 4 year powerhouse has plenty of flavor and complexity to take on more well known bottlings, and continues to impress as it grows in age. Snag one now, and compare it again in 3 years - which is when I expect you'll hear about it dominating competitions left and right.

  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Alas, I couldn’t get the whiskey into balance as well as Traverse City’s distilling crew has done with the straight bourbon release, and ended up with a rather rustic, wood-centric experience in the end.
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  • Synopsis:

    Sleeper bourbon is a phrase all too often misused these days but it's a perfect label for Traverse City Whiskey Company's Barrel Proof bourbon. This 4 year powerhouse has plenty of flavor and complexity to take on more well known bottlings, and continues to impress as it grows in age. Snag one now, and compare it again in 3 years - which is when I expect you'll hear about it dominating competitions left and right.

  • Intro:

    Distilled in TC, Michigan, this particular release is a barrel proof bourbon from Traverse City Whiskey Company that is at least four years old, and bottled at barrel proof. Let's get to it.

  • Nose:

    Some oak, a bit of pine, a pleasant caramel note. Faintly musty, but only just a hair. Fairly complex, some vanilla and a hint of pepper. Pretty nice overall.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Ethanol is present but sticks to the back palate. Cocoa, some almond and honey. A bit of pepper and rising sourdough.

  • Finish:

    Long, rich, complex finish. Pepper, honey, a hint of melon. Oak is pleasantly well integrated, and pairs well with the sweet dessert notes.

  • Overall:

    Not bad - this is a barrel proof bourbon that's going to continue to sneak under the radar for some time, I imagine. Lots of good flavor, I'm very much looking forward to seeing this release continue to climb higher in age, where I think it can really take on some big names.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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