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Traverse City Whiskey American Cherry Edition Review

If you love cherries, this is for you. A full on cherry explosion with a kick of whiskey.

Type: Bourbon Whiskey infused with Traverse City cherries and natural flavor (this is a flavored whiskey)

Distillery: Traverse City Whiskey Co

Proof: 70

Age: NAS

Retail: $35

Traverse City Michigan is known as the "Cherry Capital of the World". In honor of that, this whiskey is distilled from a mash of corn, rye and barley malt and infused with Montmorency sour cherries grown right on the family's farm.


Dark amber, with a bit of a pink rosé tint in certain light.


Cherry, followed by cherry, then at the backend there's a little more cherry. There are very little traditional bourbon characteristics in this nose as the cherry scent drowns everything else out. The cherry itself is very sweet, reminiscent of the cherry filling inside chocolates. Based on the nose, I'm expecting a super sweet first sip, but I'm hoping to find a little more bourbon.


Much like the nose, the cherry is impossible to miss, and it's every bit as sweet as I expected based on the nose. There is a hint of whiskey here, with a small dash of rye, but it really is more of a hint. The cherry is so strong it's just difficult to taste anything else.


Short and mild. This one fades away quickly when it's gone, but that's not unexpected at just 70 proof. As with the nose and palate, sweet cherry is the star of the show.


In the world of finished whiskey, some options are whiskey forward and try to just get notes from the finishing, while others feature the finishing agent and the whiskey is pushed to the background. This option is definitely the latter. If you like cherries, you'll probably love this bottle. If you're looking for a solid bourbon with a hint of cherry, you'll likely be disappointed. It's tough to rate this bourbon as it really can't be compared to a straight bourbon. I think this would be a phenomenal mixing bourbon for just about any whiskey cocktail, and it's very easy to sip neat as a sort of dessert cordial when you want something sweeter, but it's not one you'd ever reach for when looking for any sort of a traditional bourbon experience. As something unique or purchased as a great mixer, I'm a fan.

This sample was provided at no cost courtesy of Traverse City Whiskey Co. http://www.tcwhiskey.com/our-whiskey#american-cherry-edition

Thoughts and opinions are my own.



Rating Scale:

This is a general guide of what I consider each score range

4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.

4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.

3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.

3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.

2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase but may not buy another.

2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.

1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.

0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away