Grand Traverse Distillery Ole George Straight Rye Whiskey

The Data

Category   Whiskey

Sub-Category   Straight Rye Whiskey

Origin   Grand Traverse, MI

Retail Price   $54

ABV   46.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, crystal clear.

Aromatics

The aromatics are complex and pure with scents of toasted grain, black pepper, sourdough rye bread, dried black fruits, caramel, vanilla, allspice, and pralines.

Flavor

The palate is full agreement with the nose offering a silky and zesty marriage of fruit, caramel, pepper, and brown baking spices with a silky blast that coats the palate and lingers for minutes.

Intensity & Texture

This is a wonderfully intense Rye that also offers incredible balance and style. A must have for "Rye Heads" as this is pure, unadulterated Rye Whiskey.

Cool Factor

A

Rye has been hot for a decade now and there is no end in sight. (Why should there be?) The Ole George is pure rye at its finest.

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 bold and flavorful rye is made from a 100% rye mash bill. It's bottled virtually untouched coming straight from the barrel as Grand Traverse Distillery never cold filters their Whiskies (a process that strips body and can strip aromas and flavors). This is their "Double Barrel" version of their established Ole George Rye. For this bottling they finish the Whiskey in French oak barrels just prior to bottling.

How to Enjoy

All you need is a glass and in my opinion, a small splash of water to help bloom the complex aromatics and flavors. Add ice sparingly if you must.

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