Traverse City – Barrel Proof Bourbon

  • Distiller: Traverse City Michigan
  • Spirit: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: 3+ Years
  • Proof: 116.6
  • Purchase Price: $74.99

    About The Distillery: “Here at The Traverse City Whiskey Co., we’ve worked hard to reconstruct the recipe that’s been lingering in one of our family heirlooms for three generations. Every day we’re busy distilling the best whiskey around using the techniques derived directly from my great-grandfather’s patents.”

Traverse City Michigan lies on the coast of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes.

I have a familiarity with Michigan, having gone most summers to visit family and gorge myself on Mackinac Island fudge. That being said, it is always interesting to see a distillery producing bourbon so far away from Kentucky. If for no other reason than because of the rampant misnomer that bourbon has to be produced in Kentucky.

However, Traverse City has found a nice mark. They have made a bit of name for themselves in the community. Well, at least near Tampa, Florida. After trying it though, we understand the hype. For being a younger bourbon, it does carry quite a lot of flavor.

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Rating & Review


The nose has citrus, floral, honey, and vanilla butterscotch. It’s nice and full without being overpowering or overly sweet. 

The palate has notes of singed caramel, butter toffee, leather, and charred wood.

The finish is a nice balance of sweet vanilla with notes of charred oak and dry tobacco. 


The pour was actually quite good. It’s got a very classic bourbon profile with those usual notes of charred wood, vanilla sweetness, leather, and tobacco. However, there is a distinct floral sweetness that is a pleasant undertone. It is a rather hot pour, but it does have good flavor behind it. We think that for $74.99 there are a lot of options to pick from. However, a lot of those good pours around that bottle price can be difficult to find. This is a good, bold pour that may be more readily available. We definitely enjoyed it. 

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