Grand Traverse Distillery 116 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

The Data

Category   Whiskey

Sub-Category   Straight Rye Whiskey

Origin   Grand Traverse, MI

Retail Price   $47

ABV   58%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, brilliant copper color.

Aromatics

Intensely spiced with loads of brown baking spices and a rich, fruity core with hints of cocoa, French roast coffee, and charred oak.

Flavor

The palate is equal to the nose with a rich, caramel drenched fruit core flanked by spicy rye, black pepper, allspice and dense caramel with hints of sweet vanilla.

Intensity & Texture

Super intense with rich bold fruit, caramel, spicy rye, and oak to spare.

Cool Factor

A

A great Straight Rye made by the people who make perhaps the best Rye Vodka in America is a cool thing indeed.

Value Grade

B

These small batch craft Whiskies are never on the bargain hunter's radar. It's a simple matter of supply and demand. Precious little of this spirit is available and once you try it, you'll demand it.

Analysis

This is a beautiful Straight Rye Whiskey that is created with 60% Rye and 40% corn. It's remarkably different than their Ole George Rye that is made with 100% Rye. This Whiskey is rounder and sweeter with assertive rye spiciness but the edges are much softer and the texture is more creamy.

How to Enjoy

I can't see using this in a cocktail so I strongly suggest serving it straight with a healthy dose of water (you can go up to 50/50 with water) and a single cube of ice if you must.

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