Grand Traverse Distillery True North Rye Vodka

The Data

Category   Vodka/Aquavit

Sub-Category   Vodka

Origin   Grand Traverse, MI

Retail Price   $30

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, crystal clear.

Aromatics

Beautiful aromatics offering scents of lemon curd, dried black fruits, dried flowers, spicy rye bread, and subtle mineral notes.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering the complex set of flavors on a silky, viscous palate that carries the vibrant and rich flavors like a fluffy cloud.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and sure to destroy any ideas you may have about Vodka being a neutral spirit.

Cool Factor

A

Let's face it — Vodkas are a figurative "dime a dozen" and many should literally be sold for a dime. The Grand Traverse Distillery True North Rye Vodka is a fabulous spirit that just happens to be a Vodka. This is the new benchmark.

Value Grade

A

At $30 a bottle it's not found on the bargain shelf but it's hardly the pricest Vodka in town but it sure could be based on its quality.

Analysis

This beautiful Vodka is the result of high quality material, local Michigan rye, and a craftsman style of distillation. Grand Traverse Distillery, located in Traverse City, Michigan (northern Michigan along the 45th parallel) is the realization of founder Kent Rabish’s dream. A Michigan native, Rabish wanted to craft high quality spirits made in small batches from local ingredients. This Vodka will surely convert even the most dedicated Vodka skeptics.

How to Enjoy

This is a rare Vodka that can be enjoyed at room temperature but adding a chill is not a bad idea. Use it in cocktails where the character of the spirit will still shine through but to be honest, I wouldn't add a thing.

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